Missenden Abbey is a 12th century Augustinian Abbey founded in 1133. After the dissolution of the monastaries, Henry VIII gave the Abbey to his daughter Princess Elizabeth after which it was passed through various families as a private residence.
Through the years it underwent many changes and rebuilds...
until in 1946 the Carrington family sold the Abbey to Buckinghamshire County Council as an adult education centre.
After a major fire in 1985 the building was gutted and restored to its former splendor which included vaulted rooms, a ceremonial staircase, stained glass and ornate plasterwork, all of which were recreated with the aim of following the architectural traditions of the original building.
What I especially love are the stained glass windows which both respect the tradition of the building yet are also totally contemporary in their design.
This weekend the sunlight on Saturday was throwing the most wonderful reflections through the windows onto the walls and plasterwork...
which seemed totally fitting for a weekend when the focus of my teaching was colour.
It was the third weekend meeting of my City and Guilds class. We painted, dyed fabrics, stitched and immersed ourselves in colour...
and I reflected on how lucky I am to work in such a beautiful environment with such a fabulous group of ladies. It doesn't really feel like work.
I'll be teaching another Summer School this year and there will be a new level 3 C & G group starting in October. Please do get in touch if you are interested.