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I have been conserving stained glass windows for churches and cathedrals across the UK for more than 50 years. Throughout my career, my aim has been to treat stained glass windows as works of art rather than merely objects of antiquity; respecting their imagery, meaning, and above all the intentions of the original artist. I pioneered the use of environmental protective glazing in the UK to preserve vulnerable medieval (and later) windows, an approach which has now been followed by practitioners across the UK and beyond.

I am the Founder, Managing Director and Head Conservator of Barley Studio in York, which is internationally renowned for stained glass conservation, creation and protection. I was awarded the MBE in in 2015 ‘for service to cultural restoration and conservation’, in particular for my work at St Mary’s Church, Fairford, which also formed the subject of my MA by Research awarded by the University of York in 2017.

I was honoured to be the Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass for 2017-18, one of the few practising glaziers to hold this position. I am an ICON accredited conservator (ACR), conservation adviser to the UK Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA), external assessor for the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC), Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters (FMGP) and of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (CF).

I have acted as consultant for churches, cathedrals and museums throughout the UK and beyond, including Ely Cathedral, Lichfield Cathedral, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, and the Cathedral of Sienna. I have published widely on the conservation and protection of stained glass.

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