The York Glaziers Trust (YGT) is the oldest and largest specialist stained glass conservation studio in Britain, and one of the largest in Europe, counting amongst its staff an unprecedented three ICON accredited conservators (ACRs) and 16 permanent members of staff. The YGT is a charitable trust dedicated to the care and conservation of historic stained glass in York Minster and throughout the UK, and is a centre of excellence for conservation, innovation, research, and training.
The Trust undertakes conservation projects on behalf of owners and custodians of stained glass of all periods, in historic and modern buildings, from great cathedrals to the smallest of parish churches, in museums and art galleries, and in private collections. Based in a workshop in the centre of the historic city of York, the Trust offers a wide-ranging service, including conservation, repair and protection of medieval stained glass, of enamel painted glass of the 17th century and Georgian era, of Victorian and Edwardian stained glass, of twentieth-century windows and of historic plain glazing. Our team also provide an unparalleled advisory service, which includes technical and art historical analysis, as well as specialist environmental monitoring and photography.
Members of the YGT are actively involved as committee members of many prestigious national and international professional organisations relevant to the stained glass industry, and are elected fellows of many specialist bodies, underlining the breadth and depth of knowledge of the team. This includes the Institute of Conservation (ICON), the Corpus Vitrearum (CVMA), the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP), the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass, the Society of Antiquaries of London, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Church Buildings Council, the Stained Glass Museum in Ely, the University of York, and the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship. Members of the team also serve as specialist advisors on Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committees (FACs), and act as co-opted experts on Diocesan Advisory Committees (DACs).
Following the UK government's announcement that the country was entering a period of lockdown, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the YGT closed its premises from late March. However, after making adaptations to the YGT's workshops - in order to create Covid Secure work environments - the YGT is pleased to announce that all of our staff have now returned to work and are busy operating 'business as usual'.Read more…
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