Sherrie, Stained Glass Conservator
Sherrie, Stained Glass Conservator.
As the Museum's only permanent stained glass conservator, I am responsible for the conservation of its stained glass collection. I manage the daily activities of the Stained Glass Studio, which involves planning and organising object treatments for galleries, exhibitions and loans as well as advising on the storage and display of stained glass objects. My work also includes research, assessment, technical examination, documentation and treatment of the Museum's large and varied stained glass collection.
In 2001 I arrived at the Museum as an MA student on the RCA/V&A Conservation course. My course curriculum included training in the Stained Glass Conservation studio for three days a week to gain practical conservation skills. Following my graduation in June 2004, I joined the Museum as a Stained Glass Conservator, and in June 2006 I was promoted to Senior Stained Glass Conservator.
Since joining the V&A, the main focus of my work has been planning and carrying out the conservation, framing and display of objects for the Sacred Silver & Stained Glass gallery, which opened in November 2005, and the Medieval & Renaissance galleries which opened at the end of 2009. I am particularly proud of my involvement in the transformation of the old Church Plate galleries into two vibrant new rooms displaying stained glass alongside church silver. Over 150 stained glass objects were selected for permanent display in this gallery, which illustrates both the technical changes that have taken place and the changing role in stained glass over the centuries.