11 May 2017 - 12 May 2017 All day CRASSH


A conference from the Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture Project Group.


Dr Gareth Atkins


The nineteenth century witnessed a revolution in the design and production of stained glass. Yet despite its ubiquity, stained glass has received surprisingly little attention from historians of art, religion, literature and culture. This conference aims to open up fresh perspectives on stained glass as an architectural, artistic, decorative, commemorative and devotional medium. While it is often discussed in backward-looking terms, this conference also explores what made stained glass modern, ranging from photographic portraiture to the chemistry of colour and its place in artistic and technical education.


The conference is supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, and by funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 295463. The conference is graciously hosted by St. John's College, University of Cambridge.



Thursday 11 May 2017 10:30 - 11:15

Refreshments will be available

11:15 - 13:00

Session I

Daniel Jütte
Stained Glass: Fragments of a longue durée History


Respondent: Gareth Atkins

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:45

Session II

Martin Crampin

Medievalism in Victorian Ecclesiastical Stained Glass: a Defining Concept?

Ayla Lepine
Through a Glass Darkly: Sacramental Stained Glass & Victorian Devotion

Respondent: William Whyte

15:45 - 16:15

Tea & Coffee Break

16:15 - 18:00

Session III

Jasmine Allen

The Union of Science and Art: Windows for the South Kensington Museum

Tom Küpper
Breaking Boundaries Amateur Stained Glass in Places of Christian Worship in England between 1830-1880

Respondent: Kate Nichols

Friday 12 May 2017 09:15 - 11:00

Session IV

Michael Ledger-Lomas
Daylight upon Magic: Queen Victoria and Stained Glass

Alex Bremner
Colonial Church Chronicles: Missionary Themes in Stained Glass, Home and Abroad        

Respondent: Dominic Janes  

11:00 - 11:30

Tea & Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:15

Session V

Nicola Gordon Bowe
Ireland’s Role in Establishing ‘Positive Constructive Relations’ between Stained Glass and Painting through its Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Cultural Revival

Sally Rush
Seeing Red: glass painting in Edinburgh in the 1830s

Respondent: Charlotte Ribeyrol

13:15 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Session VI

Jim Cheshire
Stained Glass and Photographic Portraiture

Thea Goldring
Scientific Signalling across the Channel: the Chemistry of Nineteenth-Century Stained Glass Communications

Respondent: Jasmine Allen


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