Country’s Largest Medieval Jigsaw Complete After A Decade



From York


For the first time in a decade, the country’s largest single expanse of medieval stained glass is again complete following one of the largest conservation and restoration projects of its kind in Europe.

The final panel in York Minster’s 600-year-old Great East Window was today (Tuesday 2 January) returned to the world-famous masterpiece, 10 years after all 311 panels were removed by York Glaziers Trust.

Conservators at the Trust have spent around 92,400 hours meticulously conserving each piece as part of an £11.5m project. The programme has also included extensive work by York Minster’s stonemasons to repair and replace hundreds of stones at the cathedral’s East End, which houses the window.

The project has used pioneering technology alongside traditional craft-skills, with the cathedral becoming the first building in the UK to install state-of-the-art, UV resistant external glazing to protect the priceless stained glass. It remains the largest world-wide use to date of the revolutionary protective material.

Sarah Brown, Director at York Glaziers Trust, said: “This has been a once in a lifetime project for the team and it’s a huge privilege to be part of this milestone in the Minster’s history.


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