June 10, 2019

Birmingham and West Midlands Victorian Society recently held a fascinating study day on the subject of Edward Burne-Jones. Profits from the day were generously donated to the Divine Beauty appeal and Dean of Birmingham Cathedral, Very Reverend Matt Thompson was handed...

November 19, 2018

As a building of faith, in a city of faiths we are enthusiastic about exploring  ways in which the stained-glass windows at Birmingham Cathedral can create opportunities for inter-faith dialogue. 

The Feast, a inter-faith initiative in the Diocese of Birm...

September 3, 2018

On the wonderful afternoon of England’s quarter final success in the World Cup, Birmingham Cathedral held a concert as part of the Birmingham Civic Society’s centenary celebrations. During WW2 Birmingham the Society played a vital role in safeguarding the stained-glass...

July 9, 2018

Monday 25th.June

A glorious sunny day, one of the hottest for decades brought many visitors from around the world to see the splendour of the Burne -Jones Windows. We had a large contingent from China, some Americans from both Texas and California, some Irish both north...

June 11, 2018

I love Pre-Raphaelite painters and in particular Edward Burne-Jones. It was a great thrill therefore to discover on a recent visit to Birmingham, that he had designed stained-glass windows in the cathedral there. If you haven’t seen them you’ve missed a treat – they ar...

April 23, 2018

It is more than sixty years since I first saw the beautiful Burne Jones Windows in Birmingham Cathedral, after moving to Birmingham from Leicestershire on marriage to Michael. There is always something new and special to discern, however often you study these wonderful...

March 28, 2018

It comes as a surprise to find a Frenchman by the name of Igor Wilkes. But four generations ago, in the mid-1830’s, Igor’s great-grandfather, Edwin, left Birmingham to start a new life
in France with his young wife of whom, rumour has it, Edwin’s family disapproved. I...

For about five years I worked in the Cathedral shop situated at the west end underneath this window.  It overwhelmed visitors and I constantly explained  that the centre was a destroyed city  (which most people failed to see), that the very clean persons at the bottom...

February 27, 2018

The Divine Beauty Project’s primary aim is to restore the Burne-Jones windows and put in measures to prevent damage in the future.

While the windows are beautiful, a closer inspection reveals that parts of the stained-glass are cracked, damaged or missing. Damage can be...

February 7, 2018


I am continually amazed that each time I gaze at the beautiful windows I gain a new insight and often identify something which I have never seen before. When working with school children, I am often asked what my favourite thing or part of the windows is. The list is l...

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Our aspiration at Birmingham Cathedral is to restore the stained-glass windows designed by Birmingham-born artist, Edward Burne-Jones. Entitled, 'Divine Beauty', the project will restore these remarkable windows and safeguard them for future generations.

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