The British Society of Master Glass Painters has an active conservation committee, involved in the following areas:
- Informing professional members and the public concerning conservation/restoration issues and developments. (To this end the committee are instrumental in organizing workshops and conferences for the Society.)
- Advising on how to source professional advice and assistance.
- Promoting educational standards in the discipline of the conservation/restoration of historic glass of all periods. Key elements of this are the development of qualifications for stained glass, and the promotion of the accredited conservator/restorer (ACR). The Society developed a well-respected system for accreditation, which has now ceased and been integrated into the ICON (Institute for Conservation) PACR Professional Accreditation Scheme.
- Craftsmen awarded the ACR qualification by ICON are accepted to be working at the highest level, and undergo a rigorous assessment procedure.
Please feel free to contact the chairman of the conservation committee for general advice concerning conservation / restoration issues and information on the latest developments in training:
Steve Clare FMGP: email: stevehwg@ gmail.com.
- To find an accredited conservator/restorer or for specific technical advice, please see the Conservators and Restorers list for BSMGP members who are ICON/ACR accredited, or visit http://www.conservationregister.com.
- If you are a custodian of historic glass, please ensure that you have a good quality photographic record of your windows to assist conservation in the unhappy event of damage occurring.
- Always gather up all fragments of glass where damage does occur; even the smallest fragments will be of value in the conservation process.
- For information on funding for Conservation training see Prizes and Awards
- For information on the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York see Courses in Higher Education in the Education section