To help you find out more about stained glass we have gathered some information about the stylistic development of stained glass throughout history, as illustrated by examples from our collection, a glossary of stained glass terms to help familiarise yourself with useful vocabulary and also take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions about Stained Glass.
MAKING STAINED GLASS
Capturing Magic: How Stained Glass is Made
This short film shows the materials and methods used for making stained glass from medieval times to now. The film has been made in partnership between The Stained Glass Museum, Ely and The Stained Glass Centre, York and produced by Historyworks. It was shot on location in Ely Cathedral, The Stained Glass Museum in Ely, York Minster, York Glaziers Trust, the Salisbury Stained Glass Studio, and the workshops at English Antique Glass in Wolverhampton. Filming was generously funded with assistance from the Barbara Whatmore Trust, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, and ADeC.
Researching Stained Glass
We receive a number of enquiries from people who are trying to find out who made the stained glass windows in their local church or home. This Guide to researching Stained Glass Makers and Studios in the UK may help you find out where to look for information about the designer and/or maker of individual stained glass windows.
NADFAS Stained Glass Artist Lists - A-Z
These lists gather information on artists and dates of windows across the UK. They are very helpful for ascertaining the artist/maker of a particular window. Arranged alphabetically by artist/studio, the files can also be searched for a particular location. The information has been gathered from multiple sources including NADFAS Church Recorders, BSMGP Directories, books, archives and Record Offices. They should be used as a general guide as not every attribution has been verified. The lists have been compiled by Margaret Washbourn over many years, and many other contributors have provided information.
Abbreviations & References (.xls)
Aikman - Cox (.xls)
Daniels - Heasman (.xls)
Heaton, Buttler & Bayne - Lowndes & Drury (.xls)
Mayer - Rope (.xls)
Salisbury - Zettler (.xls)
These lists were last updated in September 2021
The Stained Glass of A.W.N. Pugin
An online updated version of Stanley Shepherd's The Stained Glass of A.W.N. Pugin
Conservation, Restoration and Protection of Stained Glass
We advise consulting with an link:https://www.icon.org.uk/::ICON accredited conservation studio] for all conservation work. For a comprehensive list of stained glass conservators go to the BSMGP website
In 2020 Historic England published a new guidance document on how to care for stained glass windows and recognise the impact environmental factors have on the state of windows and leading. Stained Glass Windows: Managing Environmental Deterioration has been developed in close association with the glass conservation community, and is free to access online here.
The publication includes a chapter on Environmental Protective Glazing (EPG) based on extensive field and laboratory research prepared for Historic England.
A checklist and flowchart provides guidance to building professionals who do not have experience in assessing stained glass windows, but may have been asked to undertake a basic survey.
The Church Buildings Council also has guidance on working with conservators. Please be aware that most work within Anglican churches will also need DAC approval.
International guidelines for the conservation of stained glass are available on the CVMA website.
COMMISSIONING NEW STAINED GLASS
Commissioning a New Stained Glass Window
The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division have a handy downloadable guide to introducing new art to churches and selecting an artist.
If the window is for an Anglican church, the parish will need to apply for a faculty from the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC).
Find out More
The Stylistic Development of Stained Glass
Glossary of Stained Glass Terms
About Stained Glass - Frequently Asked Questions
Other useful resources