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Sacred Silver Conference.

A two-day international conference that marks the opening of the V&A's new sacred silver and stained glass gallery.

This two-day international conference will mark the opening of the V&A’s new Gallery of Sacred Silver and Stained Glass, a unique resource for the study of these subjects. Exciting new displays of Christian and Jewish silver will explore how these surviving pieces were used and viewed by contemporaries and examine the theological and artistic conditions which produced them.

Drawing on new research, the conference papers will examine how the use and status of silver vessels varies across a range of religious traditions, including Anglican, Roman Catholic, Nonconformist and Jewish. They will also address the sometimes exuberant, sometimes restrained relationship between faith and artistic expression and will focus on the continuing tradition of commissioning silver for the church and synagogue. It is intended that this forum and the new gallery will help revitalise interest in the subject and in other public institutions, such as cathedral treasuries, where sacred silver can be seen and appreciated.

The conference will be of particular interest to museum professionals, officers of religious institutions, regular visitors to cathedrals, churches and synagogues, members of heritage bodies, students, teachers and researchers of Christian and Jewish theology and of the decorative arts (such as the NADFAS Church Recording Group), metal conservators and goldsmiths, both student and practising.

The conference is supported by an Educational Programme Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Tickets: Full rate: £51 per day. There is a discount price of £94 for those booking both days of the conference at full rate. Concessions: V&A Patron, V&A Member, Senior Citizen: £43 per day, Student: £16 per day, Disabled: £13 per day, ES40-holder: £13 per day

Ticket includes morning coffee, sandwich lunch and afternoon tea. The book Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass in the V&A can be obtained at a 10% discount by those attending the conference.


Timothy Schroder | talks
Ven. Dr. William Jacob | talks
Eamon Duffy | talks
Jim Cheshire | talks
Philippa Glanville | talks
Johann Michael Fritz | talks
Vivian Mann | talks
Donal Cooper | talks
Fiona Slattery | talks
Ann Eatwell | talks
Tessa Murdoch | talks
Rosemary Ransome-Wallis | talks
John Lang | talks
Rod Kelly | talks


Date and Time:

25 November 2005 at 10:30 am


Full Day



Victoria and Albert Museum (learning)
Learning and Interpretation
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Road
+44 20 79 42 21 89

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£51 per day, Concessions apply

Available from:

V&A Bookings Office: 0207 942 2211 or e-mail bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Additional Information:

Please go to the V&A website - www.vam.ac.uk for further details.

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