York asks for £30m

02 November 2006


THE DEAN and Chapter of York Minster last week launched a campaign to raise £23 million to restore the building's east front, with a further £7 million for a music and education endowment.

The great east window requires re-leading and protecting against weather damage and pollution. It is roughly the size of a tennis court - the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in the world, dating from 1405-08. Most of the surrounding stonework (above left) has not been repaired since it was built.

The campaign, whose patron is the Duke of York, is also seeking to fund endowments for choristers, and to develop its centre for school visits, and the library and archives. The library was the subject of controversy when the Dean and Chapter proposed closing it to save money (News, 27 June 2003). It was reprieved after a vigorous campaign, and the Minster has charged for admission since 2003.

The Dean, the Very Revd Keith Jones, said: "The task of restoring the east end has fallen to our generation, and we must do our best."

Dr Richard Shephard, the director of development, said: "When you look at the scale of the project . . . you realise this money must be found."

For York Minster Development Office, phone 01904 557245.


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