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Enjoy the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at Britain’s oldest and largest specialist stained glass conservation studio as part of the national Heritage Open Days festival.
York Glaziers Trust is responsible for the care and conservation of all of York Minster’s historic windows, which hold the largest collection of medieval stained glass in the country.
This autumn, visitors will have the chance to explore the Trust’s studios and see up-close its work to conserve and restore 600-year-old stained glass windows from the Minster’s South Quire Aisle.
Visitors can also join a guided tour of the South Quire Aisle scaffolding to see first-hand the damage caused to the Minster’s historic stained glass and stone by the elements. The tour will include details about the work to repair and maintain this area of the cathedral as part of an 11 year, £11m conservation and restoration project.
Tours will also be available of the York Minster Stoneyard’s plaster cast museum and drawing office with Master Mason John David.
The event has been organised as part of the national Heritage Open Days Festival, England’s largest festival of history and culture, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year.
Please note that all tours must be booked in advance. Tickets will be available from 10am on Wednesday 4 September. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and health and safety restrictions may apply – see below for details.
All tours will leave from the York Minster Stoneyard at 4 Deangate, York YO1 7JB.
The Heritage Open Days event is part of the cathedral’s autumn events programme which focuses on celebrating its unique collection of stained glass and culminates with the return of the popular Northern Lights sound and light projection from 24 – 31 October.
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