The Stained Glass Centre Welcomes its New Friends Community!

Following the Launch of our Friends Community on Saturday, we are pleased to welcome our new friends!

Many new friends attended the launch and we were delighted to see some of our long-standing supporters joining our Friends Community. The Centre was open from mid-morning to allow visitors to see our newly-opened exhibition Light in the North: Modern Glass-painters of York, as well as a short film on the art of stained glass which we have produced in partnership with The Stained Glass Museum, Ely. Our Friends Community was formally launched with a toast to the Stained Glass Centre, following speeches from Peter Brown MBE, Director of York Civic Trust, Sarah Brown, Chairman of Trustees and Director of York Glaziers Trust, and Phil Thomas, Trustee and Church Buildings Officer for the Diocese of York.

Thank you to so many of our supporters and friends for joining us, we look forward to a bright future together!



Light in the North Exhibition

On Saturday, 22 November the Stained Glass Centre launched its first exhibition, Light in the North: Modern Glass-Painters of York, showcasing work by the York artists Harry Stammers (1902-1969), Harry Harvey (1922-2011), Sep Waugh, Ann Sotheran and Helen Whittaker, as well as a rare chance to see a recently-conserved piece by eighteenth-century artist William Peckitt.

The exhibition has been curated and mounted by a volunteer team of History of Art students from the University of York. Also on display are the results of new historical research on the fabric of the church and the parishioners commemorated in it, undertaken by a graduate student archaeologist and interns funded by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP). The exhibition complements the outstanding stained glass in the church itself, underlining the unbroken continuity of glass-painting practice in the city of York.

There will be further opportunities to visit the exhibition, which will be open from 10.00 – 13.00 on Saturdays 29th November, 6th, 13th and 20th December.

A handlist of the artworks featured in the exhibition will shortly be available to download and copies can be bought at the exhibition itself.

Friends Launch and Open Day 22nd November

Join us on Saturday 22nd November at the Stained Glass Centre to celebrate the launch of our Friends Community! 

The Centre will be open from 10:30am until dusk, providing the opportunity to see our new exhibition ‘Light in the North: Modern Glass-Painters of York’, meet our Trustees and Volunteers and join our Friends Community.

The Launch of the Friends Community will begin at 12.00pm, with short speeches on the plans for the future of the Stained Glass Centre accompanied by canapes and sparkling wine.

To help us make sure that there are enough canapes and bubbly to go around, please let us know if you will be joining us for the Launch by emailing [email protected].

We hope to see you at our Friends Community Launch!


Our new exhibition ‘Light in the North: Modern Glass-Painters of York’ will showcase work by the York artists Harry Stammers, Harry Harvey, Sep Waugh, Ann Sotheran and Helen Whittaker, and is a rare chance to see a recently-discovered piece by eighteenth-century artist William Peckitt.

Helen Whittaker’s Lecture ‘Old Craft, New Art: An Artistic Journey’ Reviewed in Vidimus

Helen Whittaker’s recent lecture, ‘Old Craft, New Art: An Artistic Journey’, has received a glowing review in this month’s Vidimus. Helen’s inspiring and informative discussion of her creative journey drew a large audience keen to understand her influences and working process. It was a great conclusion to this year’s lecture series and warm thanks are due to Helen for such a stimulating lecture. Read the full review in Vidimus.

Helen Whittaker                   

Stained Glass Centre open for Heritage Open Days

The Stained Glass Centre at St Martin cum Gregory is opening again for Heritage Open Days on Saturday 13 September between 11 am and 4.30 pm.  Another opportunity to visit one of York’s most beautiful secret buildings and learn about the art and craft of stained glass. An ancient church crammed with treasures that is now a national centre for exploring and understanding the glittering world of stained glass and fine craftsmanship. There will be tours of the Centre, craft and art stalls, and demonstrations. There will be exhibitions and films presenting the work of modern stained glass artists.  Please join us in this breathtaking Grade I building for family-friendly activities, including games, crafts, quizzes and an opportunity to try your hand at glass painting.

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The Stained Glass Centre Hosts the CVMA

The Stained Glass Centre played host to a large group of international experts in stained glass for an evening event as part of the 27th biennial Colloquium of the Corpus Vitrearum, which was hosted by the British CVMA in York. The evening event at the Centre provided delegates with the opportunity to examine the stunning stained glass in the windows of the church, as well as discuss their recent research. The Centre was selected alongside other historic buildings such as the Hospitium and York Minster, to host unique evening events which showcased the stained glass and cultural heritage of York. Delegates were impressed by the wealth of stained glass at the Centre and expressed great enthusiasm for its future.  The event was sponsored by Janette Ray Books and delegates were able to enjoy delicious food from Delrios, Micklegate, courtesy of Barley Studios, Dunnington.

CVMA delegates at The Stained Glass Centre       SGC hosts CVMA

York Stars’ Supper with Shakespeare

The York Stars will be performing gripping excerpts from Henry V at The Stained Glass Centre this week.

Come along to watch, enjoying this historic play  in a stunning location! Tickets include supper for those getting into the Tour de France spirit!

Performances are 6.30pm and 8.00pm, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th July.

Tickets are £10, available at The Stained Glass Centre on the days of the performances, or in advance from [email protected].

Download the flyer here!