Historic England issues new stained glass window guidance

Historic England have recently published a new guidance document on how to care for stained glass windows and recognise the impact environmental factors have on the state of windows and leading.

Stained Glass Windows: Managing Environmental Deterioration has been developed in close association with the glass conservation community, and is free to access online here.

The publication includes a chapter on Environmental Protective Glazing (EPG) based on extensive field and laboratory research prepared for Historic England which can be accessed here.

Robyn Pender, Senior Building Conservation Advisor at Historic England said "The publication gives a broad introduction to the types of environmental problems that might be encountered, and the effects these may have on the condition of stained glass windows"

"It will help people to recognise when they might have a problem, so that they can bring in proper expertise to see what is going on, assess damage and, if necessary, come up with plans for treatment."

In addition to this new publication, they have produced a checklist and flowchart to provide guidance to building professionals who do not have experience in assessing stained glass windows, but may have been asked to undertake a basic survey.

To see all of Historic England's current free-to-download technical conservation guidance and research reports, you can access their Technical Conservation Guidance Brochure here.


Article updated on 30 June to clarify documentation provided by Historic England rather than CIAT.