Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age

Online lecture: The Arts and Crafts movement in Cotswolds Churches

August 16, 2022 18.00 - 19.00

Between about 1890 and 1930, Arts and Crafts designers built and contributed to hundreds of churches across England. The Cotswolds has unusually high incidence of churches and fittings, in part due to the number of Arts and Crafts architects and designers who settled in the area. Some are schemes including the church building and all its interior fittings, such as Brockhampton in Herefordshire, or Kempley in Gloucestershire, sometimes it’s just one commission – a stained glass window, a screen, a font cover. We’ll look at the work of designers from incomers like Sidney Barnsley and Henry Bateman to locals like Thomas Falconer, and see how Arts and Crafts designers revolutionised church design and adapted to the needs of their patrons. We’ll consider, too, the conservation work carried out by architects in the area, and how the work of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings affected the restoration choices for churches in an area with a considerable number of SPAB members.

Kirsty Hartsiotis is a Gloucestershire-based freelance speaker, writer and storyteller with a passion for the Arts and Crafts Movement. She’s also been the curator of the decorative and fine art a Gloucestershire museum since 2008. Passionate about sharing her deep love for and knowledge of the arts, she’s currently, as a result of a project that started during lockdown in 2020, working intensively on the work of Arts and Crafts designers in churches in the South West and Midlands, as well as researching Arts and Crafts war memorials in the area. She’s also been an oral storyteller for over 20 years, and has published a number of collections of stories. She’s the newsletter editor for Society of Decorative Art Collections, a regular columnist for Cotswold Life, and writes for diverse other publications on art history and folklore.

Image: All Saints, Brockhampton, Herefordshire, copyright Kirsty Hartsiotis

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