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
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.