The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology holds a significant collection of medieval and Victorian stained glass windows that are in desperate need of conservation. The Museum, based just north of Brisbane, is one of Australia’s premier collectors of international fine arts and antiquities that is open to the public. The Museum is a registered charity but receives no operational funding from any level of government. A conservation assessment and report conducted in 2006 noted that this window should be conserved within 5 years. Due to lack of funds this has not occurred. It has become a priority to raise the necessary funds needed to conserve this 16th century window. This window contains two panels - the upper an intriguing roundel from Germany of a lady and a shield with the name CECYLIA. The lower panel has a shield with ermine attributed to have originally come from Lincoln’s Inn, London. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of saving a medieval work of art that is unique in Australia.
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Since 2006 the Abbey Museum has been fundraising to enable the conservation of the 43 panels in its collection. To date, fourteen have been funded through donations and the conservation completed. Another three are currently undergoing conservation and should be reinstalled in the Abbey Church before Christmas. Although much has been achieved, as the years pass the urgency to get these windows conserved increases.
How The Funds Will Be Used
The funds will be used for the conservation of this panel of medieval stained glass. The panel will be removed to the conservation studio where it will be pulled apart, cleaned, and where possible, fragments of the same piece of glass will be edge-glued together and some modern inserted fragment will be replaced with more appropriate glass. The fragments will be releaded before reinstallation. The recommended restoration work that is part of the Abbey Museum Stained Glass Conservation Program has been provided by qualified stained glass conservators and authorised by the Board of the Museum.
The risk of losing this historical glass window is becoming greater and greater as each day passes as the 16th century workmanship and materials of this beautiful window disintegrates under modern day pressures. Once the funds have been sourced, the work will commence. Then it will be on show for all to admire and enjoy. But until then the window is being stored securely away from the spotlight - until the restoration can begin.