Interior view of the chapel at Dover Castle showing the stained glass window.

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Stained glass window in the chapel at Dover Castle © Historic England DP076465

Stained Glass Conference: Dealing with Environmental Deterioration

Historic England is hosting a one-day conference to look at the causes and treatment of environmental deterioration of stained glass.

The conference is for everyone interested in ecclesiastical buildings; from building conservation advisors, funders, architects and surveyors to all owners and custodians of fragile stained glass or other decorative glazing.

Environmental deterioration is arguably the most serious risk facing stained glass windows. The conference will present the results of Historic England’s research into the design and efficacy of ‘environmental protective glazing’ (ventilated secondary glazing), and will launch the consultation on our forthcoming guidance note ‘Stained Glass: Dealing with Environmental Deterioration’.

Two versions of a painted glass image of a man's face, one in good condition, the other showing damage caused by corrosion through microbial action.
Oxide and sanguine paint corrosion through microbial action © Leonie Seliger

Conference speakers include Tobit Curteis, Leonie Seliger, Steve Clare, Andrew Arrol, Chris Wood, Giles Proctor, and Robyn Pender. Their discussions will cover aspects of the protection of stained glass endangered by environmental deterioration: practical conservation and research, case studies, and planning issues.

When and where:
27 March 2019, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Tickets £80, including lunch and all other refreshments

We do also have a limited number of subsidised places available at £20, for members of Parochial Church Councils and other community groups responsible for buildings with stained glass windows.

How to book:
To book, email [email protected], or telephone 01793 414960

Please contact us for more information.

Microbial growth on medieval stained glass.
Microbial growth on medieval stained glass © Leonie Seliger
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