BBC2 series to feature Fairford church

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BBC2 series to feature Fairford church

Barley Studio, York-based masters of stained glass conservation and design, are celebrated as part of the current BBC2 series, "A Passion for Churches".

The programme reveals Keith Barley's twenty-year battle against the corrosion threatening St Mary's church in Fairford, Gloucestershire, which contains the most complete set of late medieval stained glass in the country.

Stained-glass conservator, Keith Barley, said, "The complete series of 28 windows makes a visit to Fairford a pilgrimage. It is a European masterpiece."

The involvement of Barley Studio over twenty years has also meant that work on the medieval glass has informed the company’s contemporary design work. Stained-glass designer Helen Whittaker revealed that, "Working on the medieval stained glass at Fairford has had an influence on my own modern designs such as the Retro-Quire at Beverley Minster."

Although the conservation work at Fairford is nearing completion, Keith Barley described one of the most difficult challenges, "It's a problem which dates back to the 1700s – in fact Daniel Defoe wrote that the 'Judgement of David' window was blown out by a storm and much of this has been damaged and lost. Repair and renovation is painstaking, but incredibly rewarding."

The programme is broadcast on BBC2 on Monday 13th March at 7:30pm.

Posted : 10/03/2006 15:06:48

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