New online catalogue gives access to Welsh stained glass gems

Posted on 8 June 2011

A stained glass window from St Michael's Church in Abergele

Organised by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), The Welsh School of Architectural Glass at Swansea Metropolitan University is hosting a one-day forum (Friday, 10 June 2011) to formally launch a new online resource cataloguing stained glass in Wales.

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.

Speakers 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.

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.”


You will find further information on the Stained Glass Project in Wales by clicking on the following links:

For further details contact: Nicola Powell 01792 481163

For more information about the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS):

For press and media information regarding the University of Wales, please contact Tom Barrett, Communications Officer, University of Wales:


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