As conservation architects, we work with many traditional crafts men and women. One of those traditional crafts is stained glass conservation. Stained glass is not just attractive. For centuries, it has been an crucial way of decorating prestigious public buildings, and as architects, we can not only appreciate the beauty of stained glass, but we can learn much about a building’s past too.
Last week, we visited Nick Bayliss’ workshop, a specialist in architectural and stained glass based Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter. We’ve worked with Nick for many years on the restoration of stained and painted glass for a number of our projects, from churches and cathedrals, to the Jewellery Quarter’s very own Argent Centre.
Nick is currently working on the repair and restoration of a stained-glass window from St John’s Church in Peterborough (which depicts the baptism of Jesus) after it incurred damage last year. Take a look at the progress shots from our visit last week, and the delicate skill that goes into this craft.
We hope to shine a spotlight on more of the traditional trades we work with going forward so stay tuned for updates.