ICON Stained Glass Group Conference 2019 will be held in the stunning Chapterhouse at Gloucester Cathedral on Friday 4th October. The renowned collection of stained glass at the cathedral will provide a wonderful backdrop to this event.

Glass is a fragile medium and historic windows are likely to have been restored multiple times prior to any contemporary conservation project. During these previous restorations, many materials and techniques may have been introduced tothe window (e.g. infills, cold-paints, consolidations, plating and structural changes). The production of modem stained glass can also incorporate techniques especially prone to deterioration, such as lacquers, applique, etc., all of which influence our conservation methodology.

The Stained Glass Group would be delighted to hear how the previous treatment of panels and windows has influenced your conservation approach. Have extant techniques or materials caused damage? Are they no longer sustainable? Have they negatively impacted the aesthetic or original iconography of a window? Have you created new ways of working to accommodate issues from the past? And, how have past decisions influenced your recommendations for future conservation projects? Papers are invited that seek to explore and examine these issues. Multi-disciplinary papers are welcomed.

For a chance to speak at the conference or to display a poster please send us your proposals on the theme of “Accommodating the Past” by noon on Friday 2nd August.

Proposals for 20-minute papers (no more than 300 words in length, including the title, email address and name of the corresponding author) should be sent together with a short CV/pen picture to the Stained Glass Group Committee at iconstainedglass@gmail.com

Photo copyright: Anthony Feltham-King