Over 50 Years of Excellence in Stained Glass Craft and Conservation
YGT's Photographers Attend International Conference in Amsterdam
Senior conservators and conservation photographers Nick Teed ACR and Anna Milsom CTQ are attending a major sold-out international conference organised by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, in cooperation with the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography (AHFAP). '2D and 3D Photography: Practice and Prophecies', held in Amsterdam from the 8-10 May 2019, is a three-day conference that focuses on developing and maintaining international standards for cutting-edge photography technologies. Topics include science, daily practice, 3D applications for cultural heritage, colour management and workflow management. Many of the best photographers in the world are in attendance.
Members of the team have returned from grade I listed Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, after having restored several of the windows there. This work is part of a major conservation of the castle's state rooms, overseen by Meldrum Construction Services Ltd and supported by grants of £11.4 million. Auckland Castle was once the home of the exceptionally powerful Prince Bishops of Durham, and the complex of buildings at Bishop Auckland are some of the best preserved of the surviving bishops' palaces in Europe.
Several of the York Glaziers site teams have been busy working on some outstanding medieval windows in York Minster. Glaziers have removed window s9, dating to c.1415 and depicting the Holy Kindred, from the south choir aisle. This window shares stylistic similarities with the work of celebrated medieval glass-painter John Thornton, author of the Great East window. At the same time, the c.1310 Martyrdom Window (n26) in the Minster's north nave aisle, is now being reinstated having undergone conservation.
Postgraduate Students Arrive for Their Extended Work Placements
Two postgraduate students from the University of York's MA, 'Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management', have arrived at YGT for an extended practical work placement. The MA is the first and only of its kind in the English-speaking world, and has been central to the careers of a great number of emerging and established stained glass practitioners. Having been fully inducted, the students have already begun working on some exciting projects, working side-by-side at all times with our senior conservators on the bench and on site. The Trust is committed to the education and training of young professionals, and the continued development of skills amongst our staff.
Professional Photographer Captures YGT's Latest Conservation Work at Balliol, Oxford
Oxford-based award winning professional photographer Ian Taylor has captured Balliol College Chapel's recently conserved stained glass windows. Taylor has won national awards such as the British Institute of Photography and Fuji. YGT are proud to have had their work showcased by such an acclaimed photographer.
Notre-Dame Fire: Sarah Brown Interviewed by National Press
Our director Sarah Brown has been approached by various local, national and international press organisations in relation to the recent fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The YGT has experience of dealing with the aftermath of a major fire. In 1984 the Great Rose Window of York Minster was significantly damaged by a fire that broke out in the south transept of the cathedral. It was subsequently painstakingly conserved by the Trust, using what was then the most pioneering and cutting-edge technologies available.
Sixteenth-Century East Window Conserved and Reinstated at Balliol College, Oxford
The chapel at Balliol College, Oxford, contains artworks of the highest significance. Included in this is its sixteenth-century east window (c.1529). This stained glass has been carefully conserved by the York Glaziers Trust, after a survey conducted by them in 2017 observed the deteriorating state of the window's paint and enamel.
The YGT have returned to the Church of St Mary, Lastingham, on the southern edge of the North York Moors to reinstate the final two windows that have recently been under conservation in our workshops in York. This represents the culmination of a four year association with the church and its dedicated parishioners. Lastingham Priory's apse contains five exceptionally rare nineteenth-century windows by Italian artist Ulisse de Matteis (1827-1910).
International Conference on Building Performance and Environment
Our environmental monitoring specialist, senior conservator Nancy Georgi ACR, has recently returned from a stimulating international interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Hornemann Institute in Hildesheim, Germany.