Olivia Smith

2018 QEST Scholar - Stained Glass Conservation
West Midlands

Olivia is a stained glass conservator from Birmingham. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and a Masters in Stained Glass Conservation & Heritage Management from the University of York, which included placements at Ateliers Rambaut and Mestdagh in Belgium.

With her QEST Scholarship, Olivia did a six-month internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She worked alongside leading professionals, observing and participating in their innovative conservation treatments on archaeological to modern glass and ceramics.

Conserving stained glass installed in varied environments will prepare me with the skills and knowledge to work on the UK’s diverse glass heritage, which encompasses medieval sites such as York Minster and the Victorian legacy present throughout the country.