Film ID: YFA 5842 Video of YFA_5847 Minster Glass 1986 CALENDAR MAGAZINE: MINSTER GLASS 1986 Visitor TabsDescription This is a Yorkshire Television Calendar Special on the work of the glaziers at York Minster, focusing on the head glazier Peter Gibson. It was made just 18 months after the devastating fire in the South Transept in July, 1984. The film starts showing the building where the Minster glaziers work across from the Minster. Peter Gibson, the head glazier, gives an account of the York Glaziers Trust and its work. He explains that 60% of their time is spent on York Minster glass and the rest on glass from elsewhere. The glaziers, five craftsmen, and two apprentices can be seen at work. The film highlights examples of stained glass windows in York Minster. Gibson shows an example of a 12th century panel of glass, originating from the Minster before the present one, explaining that both the lead and the glass are deteriorating. He shows the bank of glass, which has previously been removed from the Minster, that is used in repairs, trying to find a piece from the same date. Walking around the Minster, Gibson gives a potted history of stained glass. He also explains how he served his seven year apprenticeship, starting in 1945, on the East Window, which he claims is the world’s finest achievement of fifteenth century glass painting. He comes out of his house, close to the Cathedral, and walks to his workplace. As we see the glaziers at work, he gives an account of how he got into his job, and how it is still a popular occupation with new workshops opening up. The film finishes showing more close ups of the stained glass windows in the Minster. Context A man with a historic mission and dedicated to preserving the magnificent artistry of the medieval glaziers of York for future generations – this is a fascinating and insightful view into the world of the world-famous stained glass windows of York Minster and of those who maintain them. It is also a view into the life of the head glazier, Peter Gibson, of whom it could be said that he lived a medieval life in modern times. Born within throwing distance of the Cathedral, Gibson remained living and working there for the rest of his life. Here he explains the work of the York Glaziers Trust shortly after the terrible fire of 1984. This Calendar Magazine Special was made just 18 months after the devastating fire in the south transept in July 1984 that caused £2.25m of damage, including cracking to the rose window in about 40,000 places. The fire isn’t mentioned in this programme – it had been covered in another Calendar Special the previous year – although the repair to the rose window would have been at the heart of their work at this time, completed in 1988. Peter Gibson could see the cathedral from the window of the Georgian mews cottage where he was brought up. Among his many honours, including an OBE and MBE, in 1989 the President of Italy bestowed on Gibson the very rare award, for a non-Italian, of the order of merit of the Italian Republic.