Conservation reports and articles
This page contains event reports, technical articles and conservation records for interesting or unusual projects. We welcome discussion on the philosophy and ethics of conservation from practising conservators.
If you have interesting or relevant material please forward it by email to Helen Bower at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that reports cannot be reproduced without the permission of the contributors so please check with Helen at the email above in the first instance.
Winchester Cathedral Presbytery Clerestory Conservation Report from Holy Well (11mb). This comprehensive document details the conservation of the internationally important stained glass by Thomas of Oxford from the 15th century, described by Charles Winston as ‘the finest painted glass in England’ and 16th-century glass sponsored by Bishop Fox, carried out by the finest European craftsmen from Germany and the Low Countries. It includes art historical analysis and the conservation record.
Jordans Shell House Treatment Report (27mb). This conservation report explains the conservation of a badly vandalized 19th century ‘cottage ornee’ style summer house, with a shell lined interior and Gothic style stained glass, including an eight-sided rooftop lantern.
St Michaels Without Bath (14mb). A post conservation report for repairs to a single vandalized East Window panel.
Arundel Stained Glass Conservation Report (21mb). The Cathedral Church of Our Lady & St. Philip Howard, Arundel, Sussex. A medium sized report for conservation works including the partial re-leading and repair of the Great Rose Window on the West Front. The stained glass was made for the Victorian French Gothic cathedral in 1873 by the esteemed C19th stained glass workshop Hardman’s of Birmingham.
Articles and reviews
British Society of Master Glass Painters 2014 Conference: Stained Glass – The State of the Art: The Politics and Ethics of Conservation, Restoration and the Design of New Stained Glass in Historic Buildings British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Conservation of Wells Cathedral Jesse Tree Window by Holywell Glass British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Conservation of Chantry Chapel, Ewelme, Oxford by Paula san Casciani British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Restoration of Horace Walpole’s Glass at Strawberry Hill by Paula san Casciani British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Conservation of Stained Glass at the V&A Museum British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Conservation of the Sainte Chapelle, Paris by Frederic Pivet British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Battle of the Bulge by Keith Hill British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Replacing Wire Ties in situ 1 by Keith Hill British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Replacing Wire Ties in situ 2 by Rachel Thomas British Society of Master Glass Painters Newsletter
Cleaning Historic Stained Glass Windows by Leonie Seliger Building Conservation
Glass Painting Techniques in a Historical Context by Petri Anderson AMGP Building Conservation
Lead in Stained Glass Windows by Sebastian Strobl Building Conservation
Aesthetic Protective Glazing by Mark Bambrough CAMGP Building Conservation
Protective Glazing by Tobeit Curtis and Naomi Luxford Building Conservation
Adhering to the Point: The Use of Adhesives in Stained Glass Restoration by Roberto Rosa Building Conservation
Reference material and links
Cesare Brandi Theory of Restoration, first published 1963. Edited by Guiseppe Basile, English translation by Cynthia Rockwell. Rome: Istituto centrale per il restauro; Florence: Nardini, 2005.
M. F. Hearn The Architectural Theory of Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879): Readings and Commentary. MIT Press, 1990.
International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (THE VENICE CHARTER 1964) www.icomos.org
The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance Burra Charter
CVMA Guidelines for the Conservation and Restoration of Stained Glass www.cvma.ac.uk
The Manifesto of the SPAB www.spab.org.uk