Reframing Stained Glass in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Culture, Aesthetics, Contexts

11-12 May, CRASSH, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

The nineteenth century witnessed a revolution in the design and production of stained glass. Yet despite its ubiquity in secular and sacred settings across the British world, 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.

It seeks in particular to problematize the notion that stained glass occupied a backward-looking space in contemporary culture and craft. It will therefore also explore what made it modern, ranging from photographic portraiture to the chemistry of colour and the use of stained glass in artistic and technical education, not to mention investigating amateur artists, royal subjects and a host of other themes.

Speakers include Jasmine Allen (Stained Glass Museum), Nicola Gordon Bowe (NCAD, Dublin), Alex Bremner (Edinburgh), Sarah Brown (York), Jim Cheshire (Lincoln), Martin Crampin (Wales), Thea Goldring (Harvard), Martin Harrison (Independent scholar), Daniel Jütte (CRASSH/NYU), Michael Ledger-Lomas (King’s College, London), Ayla Lepine (Essex/Cambridge) and Sally Rush (Glasgow).

Attendance is free, but places are limited. To register, please contact Dr Gareth Atkins ( This event is convened by the ERC-funded Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture Project (2012-17). Full details will be posted on the project website shortly:

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