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12 June 2018

The Archive and events teams at Coventry Cathedral have joined forces with authors of a new book in the hope that they can locate the school children who donated to the stunning 70ft stained glass windows of the new Cathedral in 1962.

The window designed by Keith New (1926-2012) a significant pioneering British modernist stained glass artist in the 1950s and 1960s was part of the 1952 Royal College of Art’s commission to design the nave windows for Basil Spence’s Coventry Cathedral. This was funded after a request for school children of the surrounding areas for a little pocket money.  A total of £3,000 was raised at approximately one old shilling per child with an estimated 60,000 children involved.

A book on Keith New’s stained glass has recently been published and the two authors, Diana Coulter and Bob Smith, would like to celebrate the part played by the ‘Coventry kids’ by inviting the child donors, who will now be in their sixties to early seventies (and probably have children/grandchildren of their own!) to reunite at Coventry Cathedral on 7th July 2018 at 2.30pm.

Entry to the Cathedral for this family-friendly event is free and will be held in the main part of the Cathedral.  It is hoped that many of the 1962 children will come and bring their children and/or grandchildren. Others with an interest in the Cathedral and its fantastic collection of modern art are also most welcome to attend.

For more information on this Cov Kids event, please visit

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