Tuesdays in October at Leicester Cathedral will see the fourth series of Dean’s Discussions. This year they are inspired by some of the arts and crafts that were commissioned and created towards the reinterment of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral this year.

The speakers are:

October 6th Jacquie Binns, who, working in the tradition of ecclesiastical embroideries designed and made the coffin pall that covered the coffin of Richard III during repose.  Jacquie’s strong sense of mission underpins her accomplished creations that use coloured silks in freehand embroidery.

October 13th James Elliott, who, carved the tomb for Richard III.  James is a local craftsman acclaimed in his understanding of naturally occurring materials such as the Swaledale fossil stone of the tomb and Alabaster used in the altar.  Hear how Alabaster has not been mined in this area for over 50 years and how ancient knowledge was recounted in order to make this happen.

October 20th Thomas Greenaway, who,  trained in Italy in the ancient art of Pietra Dura and was chosen to reproduce the crest of Richard III that appears on the plinth of the tomb and uses many tiny pieces of stone including lapis lazuli, and intriguingly a small amount of what is now a small supply of Duke’s Red that will never be mined again.

Finally on October 27th world respected stained glass artist, Thomas Denny, will talk about his work so far on the thinking behind his richly layered designs and his application of those to glass using medieval techniques still in use today.

Tickets are available online here. (There is no physical ticket just print off your receipt) or from Leicester Cathedral.