Canterbury Cathedral’s world-renowned stained glass studio has gifted one of its panels to the Ely Stained Glass Museum.
The gift is of a recent test panel created for the Cathedral’s Damson Window, which was designed by Hughie O’Donoghue RA and made by the Cathedral’s own stained glass studio artist, Grace Ayson.
The Damson Window was made to honour the contributions over many years to the life of the Cathedral by Richard Oldfield OBE DL. The test panel was beautiful in itself and extremely useful in determining what changes had to be made for the whole window, but because of those changes, it never became part of the finished window. Rather than letting the panel sit unseen in a store, it was offered to the Ely Stained Glass Museum, who were extremely happy to receive the gift as an example of 21st century stained glass.
The Ely Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass, an artform that has been practised in Britain for at least 1300 years. Their permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels representing 800 years of the history of this ancient art, from the thirteenth century to the present day.
The Cathedral panel will be part of the museum’s permanent collection, and the gift is being made with the proviso that, should the panel be deaccessioned in the future, it will be returned to Canterbury Cathedral rather than sold.
Pictured above (from left), Receiver General, Chris Nickols, Director of Cathedral Stained Glass Studio, Leonie Seliger, Ely Stained Glass Museum Curator, Jasmine Allen, Stained Glass Conservator, Fernando Cortes-Pizano, Stained Glass Artist, Grace Ayson, Richard Oldfield, and Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis.