Stained Glass and Historic Glazing
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Stained Glass and Historic Glazing

English churches are particularly rich in windows containing stained glass from a wide range of periods and styles. For many people these are the most fascinating examples of church decoration.

Every window is unique and needs to be understood and respected. Historic glass is one of the most fragile materials in a church building, so the advice of a professional stained glass conservator should be sought whenever signs of damage or decay become apparent.

This section will help you identify the signs of damage to stained glass and historic glazing and understand the causes of damage. You will also find practical maintenance tips, guidance on how to address the conservation needs of historic objects, record your stained glass and protecting it.

You can find more information on stained glass on the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA) website.

Guidance for recording stained glass is available here