Things to do

1. Think of an episode in a story that you like and paint a 'stained-glass window' to illustrate it.

2.Visit some of your local churches and chapels and see whether they have some stained glass. If they have, try to identify the incidents or people that are portrayed.

3. Have a look at a poem by John Milton called Il Penseroso In it he has the following lines:

But let my due feet never fail,
To walk the studious cloister pale,
And love the high embowed roof,
With antick pillars massy proof
And storied windows richly dight,
Casting a dim religious light

Milton calls the windows 'storied' because they portray stories. 'Richly dight' means something like 'depicted in rich colours'.

4. In his novel Nicholas Nickleby Dickens provides a story about the Five Sisters window in York Minster. It occurs in Chapter 6. You might like to read it.

5. Frances Hodgson Burnett makes reference to the effect of sunlight shining through a stained-glass window in her novel Little Lord Fauntleroy It occurs in Chapter Seven, In Church. If you have a chance to read it, you might decide whether it is rather too sentimental.

6. The oldest stained glass in Europe is to be found at Bede's World and in a window of the Saxon chancel of the church of St Peter and St Paul, Jarrow. Try to visit Bede's World.

7.Look at the web-site of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely

8. Find out about stained glass photography

9. Near the beginning of her novel, Babel Tower, A S Byatt describes a stained glass window in St Simeon's which has been shattered in the second world war blitz. She writes of how a glazier has used the fragments to create something more modern and abstract. You might care to read it.(It can stand alone without your needing to read the rest of the novel.)

10. Look at the web site of the stained glass centre near Scarborough, Yorkshire.Here Valerie Green makes and repairs church windows.

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