Autumn Lecture 2019: New Glass Commissions & Their Significance

The Stained Glass Museum Autumn Lecture Series 2019: New glass commissions and their significance in the life and worship of a church or cathedral

Given by: Becky Clark (Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England; Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England)

Wednesday 16 October, 2pm

Commissioning new stained glass is a major moment in the life of churches and cathedrals, and one of those which the Church of England’s permission-giving authorities see as potentially controversial and divisive. Whilst the opportunities of new art to bring in new audiences and engage with people through creativity and beauty are inherent, the potential to get things wrong is always present.

This talk explores the reasons new stained glass might be commissioned, draws on projects and approaches that have been successful (and not) and will aim to inspire those who might be considering new stained glass in their own church to make the most of an often once-in-a-generation chance to add something significant to the history of the building.

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


16 Oct 2019


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm




Ely Cathedral Confrence Centre


The Stained Glass Museum
01353 660347
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