The York Glaziers Trust

Formed out of York Minster’s historic glaziers workshop, the York Glaziers Trust is the oldest and largest studio specializing in the conservation of stained glass.

This charitable Trust is dedicated to the care and conservation of the stained glass of York Minster and all sites and monuments preserving historically important glass. It is a centre of excellence in conservation training and is also dedicated to raising public appreciation of this ancient medium.

YGT Director Sarah Brown is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Royal Historical Society and is national president of the Corpus Vitrearum, the international body devoted to the study and conservation of stained glass. In 2011 she became a member of the International CVMA/ICOMOS committee for the Conservation and Restoration of Stained Glass. She is also course director of the University of York’s MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management, the only course of its kind in the English-speaking world.

The YGT team has wide experience working on historic glass of all periods from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries, from York Minster and from further afield. Past clients have included Oxford Colleges, museums and art galleries, hospitals and historic churches throughout Britain. Team members are ICON accredited and/or working towards ICON accreditation. The Trust is currently engaged in the conservation of York Minster’s Great East Window of 1405-8, Britain’s largest expanse of medieval stained glass. In its innovative Bedern studio in the centre of historic York, the pubic can see the conservation of this window at close quarters, a process that involves the combination of a centuries-old craft with an understanding of the most up-to-date conservation science. For more information, team profiles, an East Window panel of the Month, details of all YGT services and a selection of past projects, visit the YGT website or email us.