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Coriander Stained Glass Studio Wimbledon

Stained Glass makers based in south-west London, we design and produce stained glass windows and lead lights for clients throughout the UK.

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Wimbledon Studio

27 Kingston Road, Wimbledon. SW191JX

tel: 020 8947 7635

Esher Studio

5 Station Road
Esher, Surrey
KT10 8DY

tel: 020 8398 1633

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Coriander Stained Glass – The Natural History Museum renovation and repairs

During the summer of 2016 we undertook an extremely exciting stained glass renovation project at The Natural History Museum. We were honoured to be chosen to carry out this work on the iconic building. 

The Natural History Museum is the home to 80 million specimens, some being billions of years old. The aim of the museum is to educate its audience and to undertake innovative scientific work. The main themes of the museum focus on the origins and evolution of the earth, our solar system and life, the diversity of life and the future of our natural systems that our society depends on. Species and ecosystems are rapidly being destroyed.

 

 

It first opened on 18th April 1881. A doctor named Sir Hans Sloan left a will allowing Parliament to buy his collection of over 71,ooo items including natural history specimens and cultural artefacts for £20,000, a very low price for what they were worth. The government used this collection to build the British Museum. The natural history collection of the British Museum was taken charge by natural scientist Sir Richard Owen. It was eventually decided that the building was not big enough for the collection. Therefore, architect Alfred Waterhouse came up with a plan for the Natural History Museum.

Of course, the architecture of the building is magnificent. It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and built by George Baker and Sons of Lambeth in the 19th century. It is an example of German Romanesque architecture with its use of dramatic arches and towers. The building is decorated with fawn and blue-grey coloured terracotta and structural iron and contemporary mechanical systems are used for practicality. Great artistic expression was enabled by terracotta due to its ability to mold. This meant that the building could be decorated with beautiful plants and animals, wonderfully appropriate to a building dedicated to the research and teaching of the natural world. The zoology exhibits on the west side of the building are surrounded by embellishment of living material and the geology section on the east side is surrounded by embellishment of extinct material.

The Hintze Hall, gateway to the museums collections and galleries, famous home of Dippy the Dinosaur has many wonderful Victorian architectural features. Coriander Stained Glass was contracted by the Museum to carry out necessary renovation and repairs to the traditional stained glass lead light windows (designed by Waterhouse) on the East and West elevations of the Hall.

The first part of our project was the removal of 39 Victorian stained glass lead light window panels, which at our studios received complete renovation/rebuilding and were then re-installed. The second was to carry out in the region of 150 in-situ glass repairs across the rest of the stained glass lead light window panels that were structurally sound enough not to require renovation/rebuilding.

Our whole team at Coriander Stained Glass are extremely proud to have worked on this project.

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