Wales' finest stained glass gets window online

By Anna Morrell
Posted Jan 25, 2012

[Church of Wales] Anyone interested in church history can now view and research more than 2,000 stained glass windows from hundreds of churches in Wales online.

From medieval to modern, the windows have been photographed and catalogued in a project by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. The website allows all the windows to be searched thematically by date, artist or location.

The project was initiated by the artist and photographer Martin Crampin. “Stained glass is part of the visual vocabulary of many of our churches, and a pictorial manifestation of the church’s faith and tradition,” he said. “Yet often little is known of the artists or studios that made them, and sometimes the meaning of the windows is unclear to those that worship in their midst today.”

The catalogue covers stained glass from medieval times up to the present day, including the fine collections of medieval glass, imported continental glass, work by the large Victorian firms and artists of the arts and crafts movement, as well as more recent windows by artists trained and based in Wales from the second half of the 20th century up to the present day.

Although the funding for the project has come to an end, long before a complete survey has been possible, it is hoped that the catalogue will continue to grow in the future. It is now possible to add further information and comments to the site.

Further information is available here.

— Anna Morrell is the Archbishop of Wales’ media officer.