Roy Albutt is from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. After completing National Service he trained as a teacher and held posts in Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Trafford and Cheshire.
In 1993 after 32 years teaching – twenty as a head teacher – Roy Albutt retired and returned to University to study for a BA(Hons) in History of Art and Architecture at Manchester University, followed by a research degree into the stained glass windows of A J Davies of the Bromsgrove Guild.
Roy Albutt maintains a general interest in stained glass windows with a special regard for the work of Bromsgrove makers, A J Davies and A E Lemmon, and all stained glass in the area covered by the Diocese of Worcester.
Roy Albutt is at present researching the stained glass work of makers who trained at the Birmingham School of Art, under the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement, including Henry Payne, Sidney Meteyard, Florence Camm, Richard Stubington, Donald Brooke, Nora Yoxall and Elsie Whitford.
He has published books on Stained Glass Windows of Bromsgrove and Redditch, (2002, reprinted 2010), The Stained Glass Windows of A J Davies of the Bromsgrove Guild (2005) and A E Lemmon (1889-1963) Artist and Craftsman (2008), illustrated with his own photographs.
An article ‘Alfred Leonard Pike (1890-1976) Stained Glass Maker, Hewell, Redditch, Worcestershire’ appeared in The Journal of Stained Glass (Journal of the British Society of Master Glass Painters), Volume XXV, 2001. Other items are to be found in The Newsletter of The Bromsgrove Society.
In addition to his research Roy also gives talks on stained glass to Local History and other groups.
Roy Albutt lives, with his wife Joan, in Pershore, Worcestershire. His other interests include travel and Crown Green Bowling.