Visitors to the Abbey Museum may have noticed a stained glass window that was once above the main door has been removed. I can assure you that this is not permanent but just part of the ongoing conservation program of our stained glass windows. This panel depicts a crowned figure holding a covered cup in one hand and a sceptre in the other. These attributes indicate that it is a king although the identity of the figure was unknown; the catalogue simply records it as “The Donor King” . However, during conservation of the window new evidence has come to light which is very exciting. Research has revealed that it was probably part of a much larger window depicting the three Magi (the Three Wise Men or Kings as they are also known) from the Biblical story of the Nativity of Christ. The window has been badly damaged and conserved a number of times during its history, and sadly the quality of the later work does no justice to the exquisite quality of the original window. Not only is …
Invited guests – donors who had supported the program – gathered in the Abbey Church in early December to help celebrate the conclusion of a ten year project of conservation of the stained glass windows in the Church.
Stained Glass Thank You
Director of the Abbey Museum, Edith Cuffe OAM, explained the obstacles which had to be overcome in order for the conservation project to be undertaken, not least of which was the substantial fundraising effort required. The presentation was a ‘thank-you’ and acknowledgement of those who donated or assisted in other ways to raise the funds necessary for the conservation work to take place. Edith introduced guests to Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn, the conservators who undertook this mammoth task.
Conservator’s stained glass presentation
Gerry’s presentation included a power-point showing before and after photographs of each window as it was subject to the conservator’s attention. He told how the removal of some windows was made very difficult because of the age of the glass and fragility of the …
Trivia at the Abbey Museum – it’s here to stay!
Trivia Night at the Abbey Museum has been held regularly for a few years and historically we have always had similar numbers of players attend. Now, our reputation for providing an entertaining evening and fantastic supper has reached a wider audience, making our recent November trivia night the most successful to date! And did we have fun?!
Need more chairs!
It was fantastic to see so many tickets purchased online and twenty-one adults and seven children took advantage of this, so we arranged a couple of tables additional to our usual number to accommodate them. This was great, however we were in for a surprise and did not anticipate the large number of people who paid at the door. In fact, we had to find extra tables and chairs to seat them. What a great problem to have!
On the night there were thirteen teams (over seventy people) vying for Trivia supremacy. Competition and rivalry was keen, and nobody wanted to be outdone! Fortunately there was plenty of supper …
Gregorian Chanting – take a breather this Advent
Close your eyes and be transported back to the Middle Ages where monks in hooded robes chant their divine offices in the candle lit sanctuary of a Church. This is not a scene from centuries past, but instead the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology in Caboolture, brings the past to you in the form of Gregorian Chanting!
Traditionally, Gregorian chants were sung by choirs of in churches or by religious orders in their chapels. Named for Pope Gregory I (Pope 590 – 604), chanting has been part of Christian religious services since the very early days of the Catholic Church. The ambiance is magically re-created in the candlelit Abbey Church with ‘Schola Cantorum’ of Brisbane each Christams. The Gregorian Christmas chanting which signifies the beginning of Advent and the onset of what some might call the ‘silly season’ instead brings a piece of peace to your heart and soul, a much sought after reprieve from our busy lives.
A Christmas Tradition
The Medieval Christmas event has been a well-loved event …
The Abbey Church is a very special place, not least because its beautiful stained glass windows. The windows are a large and significant collection dating from the 14th to the 20th century. Some of the most famous are those consisting of fragments originally from Winchester Cathedral’s Lady Chapel.
One of the problems associated with items of such a venerable age is the need for conservation and repair. In 2004 leading glass conservators Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn of Eumundi examined the stained glass collection and compiled an inventory of the conservation requirements and the cost involved. This amounted to a substantial sum and Museum staff set about finding means of raising the necessary funds.
Fundraising for stained glass conservation
Conservation of individual windows was undertaken as funds become available; through donations and various fundraising efforts. The Abbey Museum Friends undertook the task of raising the funds required specifically for the Winchester Windows. From 2009 to 2012 we held “Walk for Winchester” where participants were sponsored to complete a ‘pilgrimage’ from Sylvan Beach on Bribie Island to the …
Calling All Trivia Tragics!
You are invited to come and unleash your knowledge and help support the Abbey Museum’s conservation of our fabulous stained glass window at the Abbey Trivia Night!
Come and Join the Abbey Museum on Saturday 12th November, for our Exciting Trivia Night! Grab a team of friends and compete to see who knows the most about everything!
Not only are you in for a fun night, but you will be helping the Abbey Museum conserve our stained glass window!
Our delightful 16th century German stained glass masterpiece known as the Donor King, sits over the door of the Abbey Museum. It is in dire need of conservation! The Abbey Museum is hoping to raise $6750 by March 2017 in order to help keep this beautiful window preserved in all its glory. All profits from the Trivia Night will go toward the conservation efforts of this glorious piece!
Entry to the Trivia Night includes tickets to our lucky door prizes and a light supper with great raffle …
Earlier this month, a convoy of cars with Abbey staff made its way to visit our most recent stained glass windows conservation project at the Master Craftsman’s workshop in Buderim. Stained glass artists, Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn, have been our conservators of choice for over ten years. Their original artworks can be found in many Australian churches and buildings as well as examples of their conservation projects.
We were welcomed at the door with huge grins of delight. Greetings over, we made our way into their workshop. This is a remarkable large room filled with long light boxes set in rows and forming aisles between. On those boxes lay stained glass windows at various stages of development or repair.
Creating a Stained Glass window
Gerry took us through the wonders of creating a stained glass window. It is always an intense pleasure to watch someone who seriously knows what they are doing, making it all look so very easy. The creation of any artwork begins with an idea. The application of pencil to paper is the first step …
There is no better way to commence celebrating Christmas than to attend an evening of wonderful ancient chants sung by the Brisbane choir, Schola Cantorum. Hallelujah! It was also the ideal way to welcome the newly conserved and reconfigured Winchester Cathedral stained glass windows back to their rightful place in the Abbey Church. After missing the group last year, an appreciative audience was delighted to have Advent ushered in with the unsurpassed sounds of the Gregorian Chants. Performed by a small but dedicated group, Schola Cantorum nevertheless filled the Abbey Church with their music for almost an hour.
More Celebrating with Medieval Christmas Fayre
Following the performance in the Church, chanters and audience moved to the Abbey Hall where tables laden with medieval Christmas themed supper awaited. Whilst partaking of this appetising repast, chanters and audience were able to meet and mingle sharing their enjoyment of the evening.
Appetites appeased, the evening was rounded out with a further session of Christmas carols, led by Schola Cantorum but with audience members invited to join …
Rugged terrain, gruelling physical challenges, disaster and hardship at every turn? NOT!!!!! Here’s the real deal about the Walk For Winchester 2012.
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday.
For all those who were tucked up at home, or a friends’, or a venue somewhere watching the AFL Grand Final – here’s what you missed on this beautiful Saturday in our ‘beautiful one day and perfect the next’ greater Brisbane’s Bribie Island and Caboolture area.
The real deal about FOTAM’S Walk For Winchester.
FOTAM – Friends Of The Abbey Museum – has held a fund-raising Walk For Winchester for some years now. It’s a pretty selfish venture for the participants.
While immersing themselves in the bounty of natural wealth of this …