At Salisbury Cathedral the workshop takes pride in the conservation and restoration of stained glass of all periods, providing a service for cathedrals, churches, architects, conservation bodies, and private customers as well as the Cathedral itself. This includes the conservation and restoration of existing stained glass and lead lights, the design and production of new stained glass and lead lights, and associated metalwork.
The workshop also carries out the design and execution of protective glazing schemes for ancient glass, and protection from vandalism in vented toughened glass or wire guards.
The workshop is managed by the ICON accredited conservator Sam Kelly with his team of 3 glaziers, working in their workshop on the south side of the Cathedral Cloister.
The present stained glass workshop has been in this location for the last 40 years but has a heritage that can be traced back much further. The workshop is just 100 yards away from the site of the original glaziers' workshop, at the time of the construction of the Cathedral.
The first concern of the glazing team is the windows of the Cathedral, but over the last 40 years they have undertaken outside work. This enables the Cathedral to offer the skills of its glazing department to the wider community, as well as affording the glaziers the opportunity to work on other interesting projects and with the people involved in them.
The glaziers' work covers a wide area, from conservation of Medieval and later stained glass, (including the preparation of condition reports for grant applications, conservation cleaning, Isothermal glazing, environmental monitoring and re-leading where appropriate), to the re-leading of existing or production of new lead light glazing.
View the process of re-leading an ancient stained glass panel from rubbing to completed panel here:
A stained glass window in the making >>