Autumn Lecture 2019: Mid-Century Modernity: Post War Glass

Stained Glass Museum Autumn Lecture Series 2019: Mid-century modernity: new ways of looking at postwar stained glass

Given by: Jane Brocket, author of How to Look at Stained Glass (2018)

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

There is a great deal more to postwar church stained glass than Coventry Cathedral and John Piper. This talk looks at the period from a new angle and considers the evolution of the pictorial tradition in windows made from 1945 to the late 1960s.

It reveals a multitude of fascinating windows which are inspired by and reflect the modern world, ordinary people, and everyday life. These were the work of a number of little-known but highly skilled, prolific designers and makers such as Harry Stammers, Harry Harvey, GER Smith, MC Farrar-Bell and John Hayward, who are now too often overlooked and underrated.

Their brand of mid-century realism and style has created a rich legacy of twentieth century visual culture full of engaging and fascinating contemporary detail right down to, and including, the kitchen sink.

Jane Brocket is the author of How to Look at Stained Glass: A Guide to the Church Windows of England (2018), a fresh, unstuffy, thematic guide which covers all major periods and styles, from medieval to modern, and makes looking at windows entertaining and rewarding. She is currently researching a book on postwar stained glass

Our 2019 Autumn lecture series will focus on concepts of ’new’ in relation to stained glass – from new ways of looking at this exciting medium, to new commissions, and new discoveries of medieval glass, presented in a new light.

All talks take place in Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW

Buy tickets for whole series: £35 / £30 for Friends of The Stained Glass Museum. They are available via our website (, over the phone on 01353 660347 or in person at the museum


02 Oct 2019


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm




Ely Cathedral Confrence Centre


The Stained Glass Museum
01353 660347
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