Inaugural Lecture@UCL: Ian Freestone

Start: Mar 12, 2013 06:30 PM

Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building

UCL, 2011 (Image ©UCL Media Services)

Ian Freestone will give his Inaugural Lecture entitled 'New Light on Medieval Stained Glass' at UCL on 12 March.

Inaugural lectures are an opportunity for UCL professors to exhibit to the wider UCL community, and the public outside UCL, a flavour of their intellectual activity and research and for newly promoted professors they are also an opportunity for colleagues to recognise and celebrate the achievements that have led to their promotion.

The Inaugural Lecture will be followed by a reception and all are welcome.


Stained glass is a characteristic feature of medieval church architecture and an important source of medieval imagery. Some 40,000 tonnes of glass were produced in Europe between A.D. 1250 and 1500, primarily for use in windows. There is little evidence for the production of coloured glass in Britain and it is believed to have been imported. This presentation explains how laboratory analysis is helping us to understand the origins of medieval glassmaking, the way the glass was made and how the glaziers obtained their glass.