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16th February 2012

One of Yorkshire’s biggest and most prestigious restoration projects, the East Window of York Minster, will be the subject of the next talk for Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 1 March.

Dr Richard Shephard, Director of Development at York Minster, will describe the conservation and restoration of the huge window and its surrounding stonework that will secure its structural future and reveal the beauty of its stained glass. The work, part of the £30 million York Minster Revealed’ project, will also help train craftsmen in restoration techniques in masonry and stained glass.

York Minster’s Great East window contains the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in the world, covering 194 square metres. It was made under the direction of Master Glazier John Thornton of Coventry, who was paid £56 for the work. The window includes 117 narrative panels of scenes from the Book of Genesis and from the Book of the Revelation – the beginning and the end of the world. Once restored and replaced, visitors will be able to see the message of the panels much more clearly.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘York Minster’s East Front is part of one of the greatest of Britain’s buildings, and its restoration one of the country’s foremost conservation projects. We are, therefore, delighted that Dr Shephard is able to come to our meeting to explain what is happening and how it will not just preserve the Minster in good shape but will also help pass down crafts and trades to the next generation.’

The meeting takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Grove, Ripon, and starts at 7.30pm. Non-members pay £3.00 for the evening.

The April talk will take place on Thursday 12 April, when Alan Simson will talk on ‘Trees in Towns – Friend or Foe?’

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