The London Stained Glass Repository is part of the Glaziers’ Company charitable foundation (registered charity no. 1143700). It rescues good quality glass under threat and seeks to find new homes for it. Redundant churches form the main source of rescued glass. Once notified that glass is under threat the Repository considers its artistic merit, historic interest, state of repair and general condition. If the glass is considered suitable we open negotiations with the owner to try to acquire it. If we are successful we photograph the glass and catalogue it, with details of the artist, subject-matter, church/diocese of origin, size and condition etc.
Then we try to find a new home for the glass. Because the glass normally comes from churches and has Biblical images virtually all of the new homes are ecclesiastical buildings. The new location for the glass does not have to be in the United Kingdom.
We do not pay for the glass we acquire and correspondingly we do not charge the new owners, although many of those have shown their gratitude with generous donations, which are very welcome and used to defray administrative costs.
Initial enquiries should be directed to the Clerk’s Office – details on the Contact Us page.
More detailed information can be found using the following links:
• The Catalogue of the London Stained Glass Repository which can be viewed online.
• Terms of reference – this document sets out the general aims of the Repository and the criteria for the acceptance of glass and its rehousing and reinstallation. There is also guidance on heritage contacts.
• Donation Guidelines – specific advice and guidelines for those wishing to donate stained glass to the Repository.
• Installation Guidelines – specific advice and guidelines for places of worship or other building owners considering installing stained glass from the Repository.
The number of churches being made redundant has now shrunk to a trickle with a correspondingly reduced inflow of glass to the Repository. However, interest from possible new owners has remained reasonably high. The greatest need of the Repository, therefore, is to find glass from sources other than the Anglican Church, which is nevertheless redundant or at risk. The Repository Committee actively seeks to identify such new sources.
The Repository works closely with many other organisations, including
- The British Society of Master Glass Painters
- Historic England (formerly English Heritage)
- The Stained Glass Museum at Ely
- The Victoria and Albert Museum
- The Victorian Society
- The William Morris Gallery