Great East Window Apocalypse Returned to York Minster

2nd October 2015

Eight years since the YGT removed the stained glass of the Great East Window of York Minster for conservation, the panels of the Apocalypse cycle have now been returned, along with 49 panels in the upper sections of the tracery. This work is part of the final stage of phase one of the York Minster Revealed project, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and with the support of the York Minster Fund and independent donors.

The scaffolding surrounding the East Window will be gradually removed over the coming months and the public should be able to see the returned section of the window in all its glory at the beginning of 2016.  Over the next two years YGT will conserve the remaining panels of the tracery and the Old Testament cycle.

The project has seen a wonderful collaboration between many teams of people from the Minster community, fundraising bodies and advisors. The chance to carry out further art historical and scientific research on the window and the work of John Thornton has been a further aim of the project. The beautiful new protective glazing system which has been made using the ground-breaking Lamberts UV-inhibiting glass has started to become visible from the outside of the window as layers of the scaffold are being removed.

BBC correspondent Caroline Wyatt recently visited York Minster to see the final stages of the installation and a link to the report can be seen by following this link:

Further information on both the conservation and the history of this great window can be found in YGT Director, Sarah Brown’s publication: Apocalypse: The Great East Window of York Minster, Third Millennium Publishing, London, 2014.

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