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Medieval Stained Glass in Wales image catalogue goes online

The University of Wales has launched an online catalogue containing over 5000 image of stained glass windows dating back to the Middle Ages.

A one-day forum is being held today to formally launch the new online resource, which can be found at: http://stainedglass.llgc.org.uk/

The catalogue contains over 5000 images of stained glass drawn from 350 sites across Wales, together with descriptions and information about artists and manufacturers. Ranging from the fourteenth century up to the present day, windows are searchable by location, date, subject and maker.

Martin Crampin, CAWCS Research Fellow of the Stained Glass Project in Wales, said, “Stained Glass windows are present in nearly every community across Wales; mainly in churches and chapels. But while they are sometimes treasured by local congregations, often little is known about the artists and firms that produced them; the techniques that they used, and the subjects that they depict. The new online catalogue will help provide an overview of the medium in Wales, including examples ranging from the fourteenth century right up to the present day.”

Speakers at the forum, which is being hosted by the Welsh School of Architectural Glass at Swansea Metropolitan University, include Anna Eavis, Project Director from the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (Medieval Stained Glass) and of English Heritage; Andrew Renton, Curator of Applied Arts, National Museum Wales, and Martin Crampin, a Research Fellow based at CAWCS in Aberystwyth.

Talks will be delivered in the school’s Round Room from 10am until 1pm. At 2.30pm visitors to the forum will be visiting St Mary’s Church in Swansea, where some of the artists who have windows in the church will discuss their work.

The School of Architectural Glass recently celebrated its 75th birthday, and is internationally recognised as having trained many leading artists in Architectural Glass.

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Source: University of Wales

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