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Painting in Coloured Light: The modern stained glass designs of John Piper

18th June 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Museum opens its doors with a remarkable new display in its nationally significant John Piper Gallery, Painting in Coloured Light: The modern stained glass designs of John Piper, shining a spotlight on Piper’s lifelong passion for stained glass and his exploration of this medium, influenced by the medieval windows he encountered from childhood.

The centrepiece of the new display, recently beautifully conserved and rarely seen in public before, is Piper’s vibrant ‘cartoon’ or design for the stunning stained glass window, which he was invited to create (c. 1985 – 1986) for All Saints Church, Farnborough, West Berkshire, in memory of his close friend and collaborator Sir John Betjeman. Piper and Betjeman (1906-1984), the Poet Laureate, writer and broadcaster, shared a close friendship, a love of the British landscape, and a love of churches, embarking on many a ‘church crawl’ together. This was the last of the incredible stained glass windows Piper designed before he died in 1992 and is still the most important feature of this little parish church.

Entry to Painting in Coloured Light and The John Piper Gallery is via General Admission, pre-booking for which is essential and enables access to the whole Museum.

Last entry at 3.45pm.



18th June 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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