Science and Stained Glass - Lecture
Science and Stained Glass
A lecture by Dr David Dungworth (Historic England)
Saturday 20 May 2017, 7pm
This lecture has been organised by The Stained Glass Museum for Ely Cathedral Science Festival
Stained glass is a unique and colourful art, popular since the medieval period. But what can science tell us about the making of stained glass windows? Find out more about the ingredients used in glass manufacture, the techniques of forming, colouring and decorating stained glass.
David Dungworth is a heritage scientist with Historic England who has investigated the manufacture of metal and glass objects. He obtained a PhD from Durham University on the use of bronze and brass during the Iron Age and Roman periods in northern Britain through chemical analysis (XRF). After working for the University of Sheffield, David began work with English Heritage in 1999. He co-directed the excavation of the 17th-century glass production site at Silkstone, South Yorkshire and has carried out the scientific investigation of glass from Silkstone and many other sites in England. David has carried out the scientific examination of hundreds of fragments of historic window glass, including stained glass from Hampshire, Yorkshire and Warwickshire.