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Protecting our irreplaceable glass

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York Minster holds the largest single collection of medieval stained glass in the country with 128 windows, the oldest dating back to the 12th century.

Currently more than 50% of the cathedral’s windows have no protective glazing, leaving them exposed to the elements and subject to corrosion and decay, meaning the irreplaceable glass could be lost for future generations.

To stop the decay, the cathedral has announced a 20-year partnership with York Glaziers Trust and an innovative fundraising campaign led by the York Minster Fund, supported by a £1m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The initiative, which it is anticipated will cost £11m to complete, will see state-of-the-art, environmental protective glazing extended to all of the Minster’s 128 mostly medieval windows as part of a long-term strategy to buy time for much needed conservation work.


How you can help

We rely on the support of people like you to protect this incredible collection, because we cannot do it without you. For centuries, generous donors have helped create and conserve York Minster’s stained glass, and so we ask for your help now.

The Chapter of York has teamed up with York Minster Fund and York Glazier’s Trust to conserve the great St Cuthbert Window, a unique and monumental example of art, engineering and history. You can find out more about the amazing story of this important and beautiful window HERE.

Every £1 you donate goes straight to supporting vital projects like this. If you’d like to support the campaign, you can donate online below or see our Get Involved section for other ways you can help.


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