Members of the Junior Choir enjoyed an outing to Ely on 19th March 2017. We visited the Stained Glass museum and learned about how glass was made in Medieval times from Theophilus the monk. He and the museum’s education officer had very kindly come in on a Saturday especially to run a workshop for the children that they seemed to enjoy. We learnt how red glass was coloured with gold and so used for important figures in windows and how to spot if a window had been repaired. We also learnt how to deduce a story from clues in the picture like hand positions and other symbols. The children then sketched some images from windows in the museum and made their own “cartoon” (the technical term for the design from which a window is made) before using glass paint to recreate their design on a tile. After a picnic tea, we returned to the Cathedral for Evensong. Sung by men’s voices only, the modern setting was different from what the children were used to at St Mary’s. It led to some interesting comments on the way home.
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