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RESTORING THE BURGH HALL VIKING

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A once-colourful part of the Burgh Hall is currently undergoing complex restoration far from home.

 

The ‘Viking’ stained glass window is now lying in pieces in Prestwick.

 

 

 

 It is in the safe hands of the Rainbow Glass Studio who are carefully working on it to bring it back to its former glory.

 

Rainbow Glass Studio was founded in 2001 by Moira and her husband Stephen, assisted by a team of skilled crafts persons.  We spoke to Moira about the work involved in restoring the 142-year-old window.

 

She told us how it had been carefully removed a month ago and taken to their studio. Prior to its removal she and her team made a careful inspection of the window in situ.

 

She said: “The stonework around the window was in very poor condition, and there had been a lot of paint loss, particularly to the Viking’s features.”

 

Moira explained that the figure in the window wears a winged helmet, which was a common 19th century depiction of Vikings; and carries a shield and spear.

 

She is of the opinion that, although the image is unsigned, it’s the work of a famous Scottish stained glass artist, James Ballantine.

 

Moira said: “The window has now been dismantled, taking apart the glass from the lead.

 

Moira also explained that when doing conservation work like this, you never do anything that is not reversible.

 

So they are not painting directly onto the Viking face, but onto a clear piece of glass which will go behind the original.

 

She expects the work on making up what is now a vast glass jigsaw to take another four to six weeks and then it will take its proper place once more in the hall.

  

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