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 a cheque by Chair of The Society, Stephen Hartland.
The event was held at Birmingham & Midland Institute with over 130 delegates from around the country attended and was expertly chaired by Professor Hilary Grainger, chair of The Victorian Society. Jane McArdle, from Birmingham Cathedral talked about the Cathedral's role as guardian of the remarkable Burne-Jones windows and explained the aims of the Divine Beauty Project. Katherine Hinzman, PhD candidate at the University of York, summarised Burne-Jones’ background, including his early days in Birmingham and the theology he was influenced by. Dr Laura MacCulloch from Royal Holloway University looked in detail at his drawings at his drawings particularly those from the collections at Birmingham Museums Trust whilst Madeline Emerald Thiele, a PhD student at Aberystwyth University, outlined his work and the construction of the Pre-Raphaelite Angel. Dr Jim Cheshire discussed much of the technique behind Burne-Jones’s stained glass and Dr Rachel Sloan from the Courtauld Institute considered the continuing legacy and influences of his work. After the formal lectures, delegates walked across to Birmingham Cathedral where Alastair Carew-Cox led tours and discussion around the Cathedral windows.
Particular thanks to Nina Hatch, Events Organiser for Birmingham and West Midlands Victorian Society.