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Stained Glass Conservation Studio Placement - HOA00033M

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Sarah Brown
  • Credit value: 90 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

Building on the modules Basic Glass Handling and an Introduction to Stained Glass Conservation, History and Theory of Stained Glass Conservation, and Painting on Light and Conservation Studies I and II in which historical, theoretical and practical approaches to the conservation of stained glass will have been explored in the protected environment of the departments teaching workshop, the studio placement will enable students to put their skills to the test in the real world. They will take on projects that test their abilities to translate theory into practice in an environment in which targets, timescales and budgets impose disciplines and pose challenges that cannot easily be replicated in a University context. The experience of working within a business, with colleagues, and outside with clients, custodians, consultees and heritage bodies will be an invaluable aspect of this phase of the training. In addition to sharpening the practical tools at their disposal, skills of advocacy, presentation and project management may be developed. The placements will also introduce students to a wider range of projects of greater scale and complexity

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should have acquired:

  • The ability to apply theoretical approaches to a diversity of practical contexts
  • The capacity to work efficiently, effectively and to a consistently high standard in a workshop environment
  • The ability to work to timescales and within budgets
  • The ability to plan a project from start to finish in liaison, working alongside other disciplines and specialisms
  • A more strategic sense of the role of stained glass conservation in major conservation projects


Task Length % of module mark
Placement report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Placement report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Tutors are in contact with students by email during their placement and at least one pastoral visit is made to the host studio during the placement period. Written feedback is given on the summative essay (normally by week 7). Placement hosts are also asked to supply a short assessment of the students performance, although this does not form part of the formal assessment.

Indicative reading

In addition to the bibliographic requirements of the taught modules, students will be expected to familiarise themselves with key works concerning the sites on which they will work during their placement.


Placement: York Glaziers Trust Project: York Minster Great East Window

Brown, Sarah, Stained Glass in York Minster, London 1999

Brown, Sarah, York Minster: An Architectural History c1220-1550, Swindon 2003

French, Thomas, York Minster, The Great East Window, Oxford 1995

Rickers, Jill, Glazier and Illuminator: The Apocalypse Cycle in the East Window of York Minster and its Sources Journal of Stained Glass XIX no. 3, 1994-5, 265-279.

York Glaziers Trust, Stained Glass Quinquennial Report, 2007

York Minster East Window Advisory Group, Minutes and Reports, 2006-2008

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.