Lovers of stained glass church windows visiting England between now and August 23 have the opportunity to see Britain’s oldest examples for the first time at Canterbury Cathedral’s exhibition The Ancestors. Some are believed to pre-date the Cathedral’s great fire of 1174.
Until now, the windows have been so high up that it has been hard to view them but conservation work has meant the medieval stained glass has been temporarily removed from the Cathedral’s Great South Window. The Ancestors exhibition allows the public to see these unique pieces of art close-up before they are reinstalled.
Restoration is an ongoing and expensive challenge for all churches, but in this case the much-needed conservation is good news for those lucky enough to visit Canterbury Cathedral over the English summer.