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Advanced Techniques in Stained Glass Conservation - HOA00045M

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Ivo Rauch
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

  • Building on the modules Basic Glass Handling and Introduction to Stained Glass Conservation and History and Theory of Stained Glass Conservation, and the experience of the studio placement, the latest developments in glass conservation technique will be introduced and investigated according to both theoretical and practical approaches. The course will be organised thematically: for example analysis and research, glass as material, paint layers, cleaning techniques, lead and static systems, etc.. Practical exercises and experiments by the students will accompany each topic. The seminar programme is complemented by the assignment to each student of an autonomous conservation project, implemented throughout the term and Easter vacation. During the course described here students will be considering their M.A. dissertations, which will then be carried forward in the following summer term.
  • Students will be assessed by submission of documentation of their practical project and and accompanying essay. The integration of visiting lecturers through the programme of master-classes, will keep the course up-to-date in the very latest developments for the field of glass painting conservation, and will provide valuable opportunities for the discussion of new research

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should have acquired:

  • refreshed knowledge of familiar technologies in glass conservation;
  • practical mastery of the latest conservation technologies;
  • mastery of the methodology for planning, executing and evaluating experimental conservation projects; familiarity with the relevant bibliography;
  • theoretical and practical preparation for the completion of the M.A. dissertation.


Task Length % of module mark
Conservation Documentation
N/A 70
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Conservation Documentation
N/A 70
N/A 30

Module feedback

Students receive copies of examiners comments as soon as marks have been ratified by the External Examiner.

Indicative reading

Ambers 2009

Ambers, J. (ed), Holding it all together : ancient and modern approaches to joining, repair and

consolidation, London 2009

Bacher 1985

Ernst Bacher, Glasmalerei, Restaurierung - Forschung, Methodik, Praxis, in

Glaskonservierung. Historische Glasfenster und ihre Erhaltung, Arbeitshefte des Bayerischen

Landesamtes f¼r Denkmalpflege XXXII, M¼nchen, 1985, 3441

*Blondel 1993

Nicole Blondel, Le Vitrail: Vocabulaire typologique et technique, Paris 1993

British Society of Master Glass Painters 1995

British Society of Master Glass-Painters, A glossary of glass terms for stained glass, Stained

Glass: Mouth-Blown Glass Special Issue, Spring 1995, 4-11

*Brown/Strobl 2002

Sarah Brown and Sebastian Strobl, A Fragile Inheritance. The Care of Stained Glass and Historic

Glazing. A Handbook for Custodians, London, 2002

Caen 1998

J.M.A. Caen, Ethical principles for the conservation of stained glass in monuments and

museums, in A.B. Paterakis, (ed) Glass, ceramics and related materials, Vantaa, EVTEK

Institute of Arts and Design, Department of Conservation Studies, 1998, 11-16 (ask Sarah

Brown for a copy)

*Caen 2009

Joost Caen, The Production of Stained Glass in the County of Flanders and the Duchy of Brabant

from the XVth to the XVIIIth Centuries: Materials and Techniques, Turnhout 2009.

*Corpus Vitrearum 2001

Corpus Vitrearum News Letter 48: Le vitrail comme un tout (Bulletin de liaison hors-s©rie

section fran§aise de lICOMOS), 2001.

*Corpus Vitrearum 2004

Corpus Vitrearum, Guidelines for the Conservation and Restoration of Stained Glass, second

edition, Nuremberg 2004 (online at

Davison 2003

Sandra Davison, The Conservation and Restoration of Glass, second edition, Oxford 2003

Glas in Lood 1992

Glas in Lood, Brussels (Ministerie van de Vlamse Gemenschap, Bestuur Monumenten en

Landschapen), 1992

Horie 1992

C. V. Horie, Materials for Conservation, Oxford 1992 (2nd edn)

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.