The British Society of Master Glass Painters’ conference will be held 29 August – 1 September 2013 and will focus on Worcester and Gloucester [Fig. 1].
Subjects will include the Great East Window at Gloucester, the Tewkesbury choir, and Fladbury (all early/mid-fourteenth century), as well as the east window of the Lady Chapel at Gloucester and Great Malvern Priory (late fifteenth/early sixteenth century). The nineteenth century will also be represented, with work from the Clayton & Bell and Hardman workshops, alongside work from more local makers, including Preedy, Rogers & Bell of Bristol. The Arts and Crafts theme will be continued at the chapel in Madresfield Court, with glass (and much else) from Henry Payne’s Birmingham Group. There will be an opportunity to view and discuss work from the twentieth century (glass by the Webbs, A. K. Nicholson and Ninian Comper), as well as from the last two decades (glass by Caroline Swash, Alan Younger and Tom Denny). Also featured will be Joshua Price’s ten early eighteenth-century windows at Great Witley, a gloriously Baroque church.
The conference is based at the University of Worcester campus. Speakers will include Peter Cormack, Geoffrey Lane, Penny Hebgin-Barnes, Steve Clare, Tom Denny and Tim Bridges (of the Victorian Society), as well as local members Roy Albutt and Robin Lunn. There will also be visits to several sites with medieval glazing (Great Malvern Priory, Gloucester Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey, Fladbury Church), as well as to Great Witley (for the 18th-century glass) and Madresfield Court, among other places.
The residential fee is £345 for members of the Society (non-members add £45) and this includes three nights’ accommodation in single en-suite rooms with breakfast, lunch (including Sunday), afternoon tea, evening meal and conference dinner on the Saturday night with a pre-dinner drinks reception. Also included in the price is all coach travel, donations and entrance fees to all sites. Student price on application. The non-residential fee of £280 includes all the above except accommodation and breakfast.
For booking and more information, see the BSMGP website.