2014 Lecture Series Announced

The Stained Glass Centre is pleased to confirm its 2014 Spring and Autumn lectures. Dr Neil Moat, an expert in nineteenth-century stained glass, will give the Spring lecture, entitled ‘”He is not Here…”: First World War memorial stained glass and the fragile art of remembrance’ on Thursday 22nd May 2014, contributing to the centenary commemorations of the First World War.

The Autumn lecture ‘Old Craft, New Art; An Artistic Journey by Helen Whittaker’, will be given on Thursday 2nd October. Helen Whittaker, Creative Director, Artist and Designer at Barley Studio, Dunnington, is a renowned stained glass artist. Her recent commissions include the ‘Paradise Window’ at St. Brandon’s Brancepeth, installed in March 2014, and the forthcoming ‘Tree of Jesse’ window, an innovative design for St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny.

For more information, please visit our Lectures page.

Residents’ Weekend Success

A record number of residents visited the Centre on its first Residents’ Weekend open day, enjoying the opportunity to take a guided tour of St Martin-cum-Gregory, as well as see craftspeople in action. A highlight was the Harry Harvey exhibition, which gave residents the rare opportunity to see cartoons and glass from this famous local glass artist, as well as a documentary film of his twentieth-century work.

Local artists and craftspeople provided displays and demonstrations, whilst many people tried their hands at glass-painting, guided by renowned stained glass artist Helen Whittaker. The stained glass quiz was particularly popular with children, who expertly uncovered the answers from around the church.

Thanks to everyone who participated for making the day such a success!


The Stained Glass Centre Welcomes New Development Officer

The Stained Glass Centre has recently appointed Judith Frost as Development Officer, to implement the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Mobilising our Supporters, Empowering our Friends’. Judith will work with volunteers and supporters to launch a new Friends organisation and develop an extended programme of activities, once again making this ancient building accessible to the community after many decades of closure. A new Friends organisation will be launched, and training and internship opportunities will be available. 

The Stained Glass Centre Gains Heritage Lottery Funding

The Stained Glass Centre has secured £8,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project called ‘Mobilising our Supporters, Empowering our Friends’, which will work with volunteers to launch a new Friends organisation and develop a programme of activities, once again making this ancient building accessible to the community after many decades of closure. The project will enable the Stained Glass Centre to employ a part-time development officer to work with volunteers and supporters in developing a varied and exciting programme of events, lectures, classes, performances and tours based in one of York’s most historic ‘lost’ buildings.

A new Friends organisation will be launched, and training and internship opportunities will be available. Giving new life to one of York’s finest medieval buildings, The Stained Glass Trust, based in the retired historic church of St. Martin-cum-Gregory in York, is developing as a national resource for the discovery and interpretation of stained glass. The building has long been a destination for those interested in this fragile medium. As the Stained Glass Centre, it is developing into a venue in which residents, students and visitors can explore, participate in and learn more about one of the most beguiling of crafts, one that continues to be central to the heritage, culture and economy of the city of York. Now that the future of the building has been secured for public use, a programme of events is bringing people and new life back into the building.

Commenting on the award, Trustee Sarah Brown said: ‘It is wonderful news that we have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund in reviving this wonderful building as a resource for the promotion of one of York’s oldest and most important arts and crafts.’ This funding is one of 82 Catalyst heritage: building fundraising capacity small grants totalling over £700,000 being announced today by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). These grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are helping all kinds of heritage groups across the UK build financial resilience by increasing their fundraising capacity and encouraging more private giving.  This programme forms part of a broader initiative between the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England and HLF designed to diversify the income streams of arts and heritage organisations.