Merlyn Griffiths
Stained Glass Conservation
Conservation & Glass
Spring | 2013

Merlyn has been working at York Glaziers Trust (YGT) as an HLF-funded intern since 2012.

After a year of full-time work at YGT on the conservation of the Great East Window of York Minster, she beg an the Masters in ‘Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management’ at the University of York, whist continuing one day-per week at YGT. Though she has acquired a solid foundation of practical knowledge during her internship, the MA has provided Merlyn with an academic grounding in the history of stained glass and its conservation, and broadened her knowledge of the larger field of heritage conservation and the issues it faces in the 21st century. The MA has given Merlyn a new way of approaching her work, and her new skills combine harmoniously with her expanding practical knowledge and ability. QEST very generously contributed extensively to Merlyn’s course fees and living costs for the two years of study, and without this she would have been unable to undertake her MA and would have struggled to work towards her chosen career.

Merlyn recently completed a sixteen-week full-time placement back at the York Glaziers Trust as part of her MA, and spent this time working on a range of tasks, which included assisting with the preventive conservation of medieval glass, and the making and installation of a new commission for a Turner Prize-winning artist. She was also fortunate enough to be tasked with producing a condition report and conservation proposal for a twentieth century sculptural panel by Geoffrey Clarke, and to design protective glazing for some of the Great East Window of York Minster. Merlyn will commence the final year of her MA in September, and aims to become a practicing stained glass conservator in the future.

Images copyright of York Glaziers Trust and the Chapter of York.


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