Forum for the Conservation and Technology of Historic Stained Glass

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Thursday, 9 July, 2020 to Saturday, 11 July, 2020
Wednesday, 31 July, 2019

Call for Papers 11th Forum for the Conservation and Technology of Historic Glass

The Forum is organised by the Catalan Corpus Vitrearum and the International Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Stained Glass in conjunction with the Institut d'Estudis Catalans. Other local institutions take part also in this meeting (Generalitat, bishoprics, town hall...).

Registration is from Thursday 9th July. For those also attending the CVMA Colloquium, registration will be open on Monday 6th July 2020.

Site visits are planned for 9th July, followed by a two-day programme of papers and presentations at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (C/ del Carme, 47. Barcelona)


The fragmentary nature and fragility of stained glass is widely accepted. To a greater or lesser extent, historic stained glass windows, exposed to physical attack and weathering conditions over time, have suffered damage that has altered their appearance. These deteriorations are in addition to changes introduced by restorations, reconstructions and interventions of varying size and degree. All of these factors impact on the stained glass windows that we see today. Those responsible for maintaining this heritage face a series of decisions with every intervention they make, that are of great importance for the future reading and understanding of these pieces.

The theme of this Forum will focus on the preservation of the 'identity' of the historic stained glass in the intervention process. The search for balance between the values embodied in these pieces is a matter of great importance for the correct conservation of this fragile heritage. This Forum will offer the opportunity to reflect upon and bring new solutions to this complex subject. The response to this theme is a key factor in the creation of conservation plans, which can ensure the correct transference of the piece to future generations. How should we combine the conservation requirements of the window with respect for all of the historic materials in and around it? How far can we get without diminishing the integrity of the piece? How to make alterations in the surface or structure of the work respect its antiquity and originality? At what stage, or level of quality, does an intervention gain historic value?

Proposals should be emailed to the Catalan CVMA by the 31st of July 2019.

Initial proposals are for papers or posters of no more than 2500 characters (including spaces) in length. If your proposal is accepted, you will be expected to supply an article of 26000 characters (including spaces). No oral presentation will be accepted without submission of a satisfactory preprint article.

Languages: Oral presentations, preprint articles and posters will be accepted in the three official languages of the Corpus Vitrearum: English, French and German.

The USA proposals for the FORUM should be emailed to Drew Anderson, Chair of the Conservation Technical Committee of the American Corpus Vitrearum:
The deadline is 31 July 2019.