Charity No. 1080279
The Glaziers’ Trust was founded in 1966 to promote the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of stained glass and other decorative glass, and the restoration and preservation of such glass in places where it may be seen by the public. In 2011 the Glaziers’ Trust was incorporated as one of three Company Trusts into the Glaziers Foundation. The Glaziers’ Trust continues to act independently. It is administered by ten Board members and two special advisors.
The Glaziers Trust meets four times a year. It will meet once more this year on 20th October 2014 and will meet at 11.45am in Glaziers Hall (London Bridge) on Mon 12 Jan, Wed 1 Apr, Mon 1 June, Mon 19 Oct in 2015. The Trust is pleased to receive applications in support of its three principal objectives.
• The conservation, restoration and protection of historic and important stained glass
• The promotion of the Craft by supporting the education and training of young craftsmen and women in stained and painted glass
• supporting activities which create public awareness.
Please make the Secretary aware that you are intending to submit an application as additional advice can be given to assist you at an early stage.
The Trust also offers grants in aid of significant publications- whether a book, article, academic paper or electronic resource-on the art-historical and/or technical development of stained glass. Please use the link below for a fuller explanation of the sorts of publications the Trust may support.
Applications must be submitted three weeks before the meeting. Please email the application and supporting paperwork to the Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org OR send a hard copy c/o Dr Neil Moat, Secretary of the Glaziers Trust, 5 Grosvenor Place, North Sheilds, Tyne & Wear, NE29 0NH
Stained glass is a fragile but enduring medium and examples from the twelfth century to the present are found throughout Britain in both churches and public buildings. Many thousands of panels of stained glass were created during the Victorian period alone. The preservation of this historic legacy requires constant monitoring and care, and those people most closely connected locally, play a vital rôle in this task.
Most stained glass is located in churches and the cost of its upkeep, protection and repair often falls upon small parish congregations. The Trust targets its resources to grant aid parishes who have the responsibility of saving historically important stained glass for future generations. The Listed Places of Worship Scheme also offers assistance towards costs linked to grants: www.lpwscheme.org.uk
Historically important stained glass is also found in other public buildings and museums and the Trust is pleased to receive applications other than from churches and also from other countries. It is a requirement however, that following conservation and restoration, the stained glass is accessible to the public.
The Glaziers’ Trust expects that glaziers appointed to undertake this work are appropriately experienced and professionally accredited. A list of accredited UK conservators can be found on the ICON Conservation Register www.conservationregister.com
Once stained glass has been conserved and restored it is vital that it is put back in such a way that it will be protected from possible external damage and from deterioration caused by environmental factors. Environmental protection formerly known as isothermal glazing should be part of a responsible programme of care. The Trust is happy to receive applications towards the environmental protection of historically important stained glass.
The Glaziers’ Trust does not have large funds at its disposal and grants are therefore small and spread thinly. However a successful application can often encourage other bodies to contribute to an Appeal to save, protect and bring to public notice this wonderful legacy.
The stained glass must be of artistic/historic significance for consideration. If you are in doubt, or need further advice please send an initial enquiry by email to the link Secretary with a photograph of the window if possible.
The Glaziers’ Trust, through a number of annual awards supports the training of young craftsmen. These can be directed towards the acquisition of the skills of conservation, restoration and design as, for example, through the Glaziers’ Company Awards. Application details can be found by clicking on the individual links below.
The Glaziers’ Trust is committed to raising the standard of conservation and restoration of stained glass and is therefore offering up to 4 grants each year of £300 each to assist professional glaziers to achieve accreditation with ICON (the Institute of Conservation).
The Glaziers Trust can also help people pursuing careers in the glass trades, crafts and professions industry who are suffering financial hardship. It is suggested that contact is made directly with the Secretary or another Board Member in order to get an early response.
If you would like to see some examples of recent grant awards please click here.
If you are able to contribute to this valuable work please make a donation by clicking here.
"A Fragile Inheritance" Caring for your stained glass Sebastian Strobl and Sarah Brown, Church House Publishing 2002
"The journal of the British society of Master Glass Painters" back copies available from the editor @bsmgp.org.uk
www.cvma.ac.uk/conserv/index/html Conservation Guidance and Information
www.cvma.ac.uk Vidimus Online Magazine of Medieval Glass
www.churchcare.co.uk Finding a stained glass specialist
www.conservationregister.com Stained Glass conservation specialist
http://www.worshipfulglaziers.com/artists-6.htm Artist Members of the Livery
ww.bsmgp.org.uk www.churchart.co.uk Find an artist:The British Society of Master Glass Painters