His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met students and staff at the York Glaziers’ Trust during a royal visit to York on Monday as he awaited news of the birth of his first grandchild.
The Prince was shown round the workshop by Sarah Brown, Director of York Glaziers Trust, who updated the royal visitor on the work underway to restore and conserve stained glass panels from York Minster’s Great East Window.
Sarah Brown, who is also director of the University of York’s MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management, introduced the Prince to student interns Merlyn Griffiths and Tom Vowden who are working on the East Window project before beginning their MA studies later this year.
Tom said the Prince was genuinely interested in how he had become involved in stained glass conservation. “He stressed the importance of the transference of skills from one generation to the next.”
Sarah said: “The Prince was really interested in the conservation work. He was particularly keen to meet the trainees and students. He took time to have a good look round and asked lots of questions about the techniques we are using to restore and clean the panels.
“It was a very special day which was made particularly memorable because of all the excitement about the royal baby!”
The Prince also visited the York Minster Stoneyard and the National Railway Museum.
- Find out more about the Great East Window project