Tom is a Heritage Lottery Funded intern with the York Glaziers’ Trust, assisting in the conservation of the Great East Window of York Minster; the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain. The extremely generous support given by the Eranda Foundation and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust has allowed him to enrol on a two year masters program in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York. The course has enabled him to develop his art historical and theory based knowledge of stained glass whilst giving him the opportunity to improve his practical conservation skills. Without the support of QEST, Tom would not have been able to enrol on this specialist course. This funding has given Tom the essential grounding he needs in order to work with such a fragile historic material. The skills he has learned will propel him towards a long term career in the field of stained glass.
At present, Tom is in the final stages of the first year of his masters program. He has completed a 16 week studio placement which involves writing a comprehensive report on the techniques he has learned. He will continue to work on a part time basis at the York Glaziers’ Trust whilst in the second year of his studies. Tom is currently planning his masters thesis and continues to design and create small scale private commissions.