Swedish Glass in the Boro
By Robert Nichols
Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 09:14:00
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Why would a leading glass expert from the south coast get so excited that he is getting on a train to visit a 1960s building in Middlesbrough? Hear all about a hidden gem lurking just off Linthorpe Road in a talk this evening when BBC Antiques Roadshow’s Andy McConnell unravels the mystery and history of the Swedish Stained glass window of the former Swedish mission, now Start Community Art Studio. Talk – 7pm. Price per Person (including wine and soft drinks) £12.00

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The Start Studio UK, Scandinavian House, 2 Park Road South, Middlesbrough TS5 6H

Scandinavian House was a Swedish Mission Church on Linthorpe Road. In the early 60s it's new Swedish designed, modernist building opened on this site, featuring an unusual stained glass window.

Now a Community Art Studio, a new leaseholder was keen to find out more about it's history. Knowing it was a hidden gem in Teesside, she contacted design historian, Sean Sims, a professional and qualified design historian with expertise in 20th century design. His professional judgement was that the stained glass window in particular is of significant architectural merit. He has had its significance supported with a second opinion by a Swedish glass expert, Andy McConnell, who also recognised its importance.

In this talk, raising funds for the window's protection, Andy McConnel of the BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow will speak about the Swedish glass.

He will address how this incredible glass installation piece, previously overlooked, is actually of real importance. It is said to be perhaps the most important piece of post war architecture in Middlesbrough and a rare treasure for the town.

Here Andy talk at length about the window, his passion for glass and Swedish glass in particular and how a rock journalist turned BBC Antiques Roadshow expert in this Bob Fischer BBC Interview linked here. Andy may well be dropping in to Bob’s show again this afternoon if his trains arrives in time. Tune in BBC Tees after 2pm.

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