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Meet the Curator

Dr Jasmine Allen is Curator of the Stained Glass Museum, a unique museum located in the south triforium of Ely Cathedral. Jasmine first became interested in stained glass while studying for her undergraduate degree in History of Art at the University of York. Since, she has produced several dissertations and articles examining the relationship between stained glass, architecture, spectacle and display in the nineteenth century. Jasmine obtained her doctorate in May 2013 on ‘Stained Glass at the International Exhibitions c.1851-1900’, shortly after being appointed Curator of The Stained Glass Museum. In addition to this role, Jasmine is also an advisor to the London Stained Glass Repository and a research affiliate of the History of Art Department at the University of York.

Meet the Conservators

Maxine Allen grew up in Yorkshire.  Through her involvement inIMG_2049 the church, she developed
an appreciation of stained glass from an early age. In 1995
she achieved a BA (QTS) in Art and Education from York St John University, and went on to pursue a 12-year teaching career.  Her last position was as Head of Art at Kent College, Pembury, an independent girls’ boarding school in the South East. Maxine left teaching to explore her own artistic ideas, taking on freelance work as a painter, photographer and promotional filmmaker. A move back north in 2012 led to her discovery of the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at The University of York – a degree that combines her early love of stained glass with her talent for art and fascination with history.   Maxine is currently on placement at The York Glaziers’ Trust and is due to graduate in 2015.

Merlyn GriffithsMerlyn Griffiths studied for an undergraduate degree in History of Art at the University of York between 2008 and 2011. A module entitled ‘Stained Glass in the Great Church’ was a catalyst for Merlyn, and the visits to a number of England’s cathedrals and their respective conservation studios prompted her to decide that a career in stained glass conservation was one she wanted to pursue. Concluding her undergraduate degree with a dissertation written about a fourteenth century window in the nave of York Minster, Merlyn was given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work at the prestigious York Glaziers Trust (YGT) for a year as a Heritage Lottery Funded intern. From September 2012, Merlyn assisted in the conservation of the Great East Window of York Minster, and in Autumn 2013, took her place on the two-year Masters degree in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York, under the direction of Sarah Brown. Currently on her sixteen-week placement at the end of her first year of study, Merlyn is back at YGT, enjoying broadening her conservation knowledge by working on both medieval glass and the Geoffrey Clarke panels from the twentieth century.

Tom Vowden photoTom Vowden is currently a Heritage Lottery Funded intern at the York Glaziers’ Trust, assisting in the conservation of the Great East Window of York Minster.  He is also studying for a Masters degree n Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York.  In 2013, Tom received a generous funding donation through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust in support of his participation on this course.  Tom gained a passion for historic craftsmanship during his undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the University of Manchester.  Following this, he developed his interests through a number of practical courses in the crafts of stained glass, painted glass, fusing, glass blowing and blacksmithery. He continues to develop his knowledge and practical ability in working with both modern and historic stained glass towards a long term career in the field.



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