Conserving Stained Glass in the Digital Age
The Stained Glass Museum
To: Wednesday 28.10.20
This talk will explore the different ways stained glass windows lose parts of themselves (be it their applied decoration, the glass, or ‘just’ the lead), and how the cause of the damage may influence our approach to repair. Craft skills, artistic sensitivity, art historic understanding, and the tools of the virtual age all play a part in 21st century approaches to conservation. The talk will look at a number of examples, the good, the bad, and – yes – the ugly.
Léonie Seliger joined the team of Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass conservation department in 1991, and graduated from York University with an MA in Conservation Studies in 2001. She became Director of Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass department in 2006, and is responsible for the conservation of the cathedral’s internationally important early medieval windows, as well as for many conservation projects in other places, including Westminster Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral.
Léonie advises the Dioceses of Canterbury and Rochester on the restoration/conservation of historic stained glass as well as on new designs for windows. She is the co-author of ‘Conserving Stained Glass using Environmental Protective Glazing’, a research paper commissioned and published by Historic England in 2019, and co-author of the upcoming Historic England guidance note ‘Dealing with Environmental Deterioration of Stained Glass’.
As well as conserving historic stained glass, Léonie also designs and makes new windows, including glass for the new chapel in the Margaret Thatcher Wing of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Stour Music Window in All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph, and a window for the chapel in Benenden School.
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