Burne-Jones windows light up for future generations

12th January 2023

Birmingham Cathedral’s famous Burne-Jones windows will be brought to life over the next three nights through a unique immersive sound and light show with all proceeds going towards their conservation.

Tonight’s the night! Birmingham’s famous Burne-Jones windows light up for future generations

The performance by creative duo Luxmuralis, is part of the cathedral’s Divine Beauty project – launched in 2021 to conserve and interpret these four remarkable windows.

Designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made in the workshop of William Morris, the windows are an example of Pre-Raphaelite art in the artist’s hometown and a full conservation project will start in earnest this Spring.

Divine Beauty at Night is a three-night event starting tonight (Jan 12) that sees imagery from the stained-glass windows projected floor to ceiling on the inside of Birmingham Cathedral creating a fully immersive experience for visitors to raise awareness of this rich treasure in the heart of the city.

Anna Pitt, CEO of Birmingham Cathedral, said: “Our windows surprise and delight visitors on a daily basis and particularly when lit up at night.

“The light and sound projections from Luxmuralis will even further enhance these beautiful treasures.

“We hope that Divine Beauty at Night can be a way of getting people of all ages and backgrounds interested in and engaging with the windows – which will be even more dazzling once conservation work is completed later in 2023,’ she added.

Work on the conservation starts in Spring, with opportunities to see the windows and the work taking place up close from special viewing platforms.

Peter Walker, Artistic Director at Luxmuralis, said:

“The Burne-Jones windows in Birmingham Cathedral are amongst artworks which can be rightfully classed as national treasures, I have known the works of Burne-Jones since I was young and we are privileged to be able to bring these windows to life for new audiences.”

Book tickets at here.

Tickets are non-refundable. All proceeds from this event will go towards the conservation of the Burne-Jones windows.

#CathedralTreasures – Birmingham’s Burne-Jones windows narrowly missed out on being named in the top ten of our #CathedralTreasures winter campaign.

You can find out what made the top ten and vote for your favourite here.

Or tap the image of the 10 finalists below.

Cathedral Treasures - Finalists

Photo Credit Luxmuralis