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Desmond Kyne (b. 1923)

Glass panel c.1993

87.5 x 67.8 x 3.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 94447

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A glass painted coat of arms from the city of Sunderland in imitation of a stained glass window. With two lines capped with a ship.

In 1992, on the fortieth anniversary of The Queen's reign, Sunderland won a nationwide competition to be granted city status by royal charter. The Queen subsequently visited Sunderland in 1993, when she was presented with this panel. Its creation in glass refers back to the glassmaking industry in Sunderland first established at the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow in AD674 when craftsmen were brought from Gaul to create the first stained glass window in England. The inclusion of a ship, an anchor and a miner's pick within the coat of arms refer to later industries in Sunderland and on the River Wear. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh departed from Sunderland on HMY Britannia.