Delve into a range of issues to do with the manufacture, use and conservation of glass and glazing systems in Scotland’s historic built environment.
Develop your understanding of the physical nature of glass, its significance to the historic building, and how it interacts with its support structures. Both plain and decorative glass are examined, with particular attention paid to the use of stained, painted and etched glass in church and cathedral settings. A look at the history of glass production in Scotland is followed by a basic overview of the science of glass manufacture.
Conservation repair principles, methods and techniques form the core of this module. You will find out how to plan suitable conservation and repair strategies for historic glass, and study each stage involved in a repair project. Central to the specification element of the process is learning how to conduct archival research. This can help you to identify the artist, craftsperson or studio responsible for the original glasswork.
A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of planned maintenance, given the fragility of historic glass. Technological advances in safety, structural and thermal glazing products are also considered, particularly in relation to retrofitting, upgrading or altering traditional buildings.