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This week we have started on our very exciting stained glass project at the Natural History Museum.

The Natural History Museum was founded in 1881 and is one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings. The museum includes collections of great historical and scientific value.We are part of work taking place at the Museum involving various projects to the first floor of the Hintze Hall, the famous central hall including the 1,300 year old giant sequoia, Darwin’s statue, Diplodocus skeleton cast, woolly mammoth skull and tusks and the coelacanth.

We are currently working on the beautiful Victorian stained glass on the West elevation windows. The pictures show our team removing panels for renovation. Traditional stained glass lead lights last for a very long time, but over decades the lead structure does eventually wear out in some instances, weakening or bowing. Individual glass panels can get broken either from this or from accidental impacts.

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On the panels where the lead structure needs to be replaced we are removing them to strip and rebuild at our studios. On others that have a small amount of broken glass and a strong lead structure we will be carrying out in-situ glass replacement.

We will keep readers of our news updated with our progress through July and August.