Barley Studio’s award-winning team conserve historic stained glass throughout the UK and beyond

Barley Studio’s primary aim is to preserve stained glass windows for future generations, while respecting the integrity of the original artist’s vision. Every project is examined individually and treated accordingly, working closely with the client or architect. We conserve both glass and leadwork where possible, and undertake reversible interventions where necessary and justifiable. Where windows show evidence of ongoing deterioration through glass corrosion, paint loss or biological growth of moulds or algae, we recommend the installation of environmentally protective ‘isothermal’ glazing.

As accredited conservators we offer advice, produce reports and undertake work on secular and ecclesiastical buildings throughout the UK. All conservation work is undertaken in-house by our multi-skilled team, including restoration painting by our skilled artists and glasspainters. All projects are fully documented, from initial condition to records of work undertaken.

Working on the Herkenrode glass of Lichfield Cathedral - image courtesy Rob Scott

Barley Studio adheres to the Conservation Guidelines of the international Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA) and the Church Buildings Council (CBC). Our ICON (Institute of Conservation) Accredited Conservators (ACRs) are Keith Barley and Alison Gilchrist. Keith was awarded the MBE in 2015 ‘for service to cultural restoration and conservation’, in particular for his work at St Mary’s Church, Fairford; Alison holds an MA in Stained Glass Conservation from the University of York, the first academic qualification in stained glass conservation in the UK.

Barley Studio are the only stained glass conservators to have been awarded the prestigious Jerwood Foundation National Award for Conservation; this award was made in 1998 for their outstanding work at St. Mary’s Church, Fairford, Gloucestershire.

Barley Studio's conservation work can be seen at ...

Ely, Lichfield, Durham, Ripon and Chester Cathedrals, St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, at Southwell, York and Howden Minsters, at Selby Abbey and at Cartmel Priory. Barley Studio have worked at churches and chapels in York, Fairford, Kirkleatham, Stanford on Avon, Tattershall, Scarborough, Redbourne, St Neots, Ashton under Lyne, Windsor, Checkley, Thornhill, Lowick, Addersley, Birtles, Clipsham, Litchborough, Sutton on the Hill, Llandyrnog, Eaton Bishop, Fotheringhay, Cottingham, Aylesham, Easby, Shimpling, Icklingham and Elland, among others, as well as other historic buildings including Longleat House, Blickling Hall, Clumber Park, Fountains Hall and Merton College, Oxford.


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