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Talk, Sat 9 Jun 2018, £5


Mary the Virgin by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Mary the Virgin by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Burne-Jones used his wife, Georgiana, as the model for Mary.


The “Friends of St. Martin’s” are hosting a talk by Dr. Suzanne Fagence Cooper about the Life and Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones on Saturday 9th June 11.00 am at St. Martin-on-the-Hill, Albion Road, Scarborough.

The illustrated talk is in anticipation of The Tate Britain Exhibition on Burne-Jones opening in October 2018, and will also relate directly to the pre-Raphaelite windows in St. Martin’s Church, where there are 12 windows designed by Burne-Jones.

The Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones, told his friends: 'the more materialistic science becomes, the more angels I shall paint.' His stained glass designs, tapestries and pictures were not simply beautiful - they were subversive, offering an antidote to Victorian ideals of industrialisation and progress. This lecture reveals the rich and rebellious world of Burne-Jones's imagination. Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper has contributed an essay on the decorative arts for the major Tate Britain exhibition on Burne-Jones, opening in October 2018.

Dr. Suzanne Fagence Cooper is Research Curator for ‘Turner, Ruskin and the Storm Cloud of the Modern world’, a major loan exhibition opening at York Art Gallery in Spring 2019. This exhibition commemorates the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth in February 1819. It will focus on his fascination with the paintings of Turner, as well as his own forebodings about the impact of industrialisation on the landscape. Suzanne has been researching the life, work and influence of the art critic John Ruskin for more than 20 years, with access to his drawings and letters in the Ashmolean Museum and the University of Lancaster.
Suzanne is a writer, broadcaster and curator who spent 12 years at the V&A Museum, researching the Victorian collections. As an expert on 19th and 20th century British art, she is in demand as a lecturer for the Arts Society, and as an invited speaker for Cunard voyages. She is an historical consultant for the BBC and Channel 4, and advised Ralph Fiennes on his film, ‘The Invisible Woman’, about Dickens and the actress Ellen Ternan.
Suzanne’s books include ‘Pre-Raphaelite Art in the V&A Museum’ and ‘The Victorian Woman’. Her biography of ‘Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, Ruskin and Millais’, was the official publication for Emma Thompson’s film, ‘Effie Gray’, released in 2014.
Follow her on Twitter @suzannefagence

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Disabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Please note that there is a toilet on site but it is not suitable for disabled visitors

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 9 Jun 2018 10:00 to 16:00
The church will be open from 10.30am Payment is on the door (£5) and there are refreshments available before and after the talk.


£5 per head.


Mr. Michael A. Bortoft

01723 501454



Albion Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 2DD



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Map reference: TA 041877  Lat: 54.27471 Long: -0.40127

Albion Road connects easily to the A165 (Filey) Road.

From the town centre (Railway Station) take the A165 towards Filey and Bridlington. Cross The Valley Bridge and, after the traffic lights at the end of the bridge, climb a short hill to take the second turning left onto Albion Road. The church will be clearly visible.

Sat Nav users "1 St. Martin's Avenue, Scarborough, YO11 2DD" is near the main entrance is on the south side of the church on St. Martin's Avenue. Latitude: 54.27471181, Longitude: -0.40127134. Street parking for 3 hours 0900 - 1700.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.5 miles from Scarborough station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Please note that there is a toilet on site but it is not suitable for disabled visitors

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 2
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit