The stained glass in Derry’s historic Guildhall continues to retain the shimmering beauty that has cast light on proceedings in the city’s civic heart for almost a century.
A number of the windows, including the Coronation Window and the Past Deputy Governors’ Window, were removed earlier this year and transported to Calderwood Stained Glass Specialists for restoration and have gradually been reinstated over the past number of weeks.
Nearly 40 years ago, Stephen Calderwood worked alongside his father, Jack, to preserve and restore the beautiful windows in the Guildhall after they were devastated in a bomb attack.
Now he’s returned to the city’s most iconic building to make sure the glasswork comes through the present restoration process.
The overall restoration work is being carried out by H & J Martin as part of the Guildhall Restoration Project.
The windows are being restored as part of an extensive programme of work involving the restoration of the stonework, roof windows and stained glass as well as the restoration of the Guildhall clock.
It is anticipated that the scaffolding at the Whittaker Street side of the building will be taken down after Easter providing the public with a chance to see for the first time the initial stages of the major restoration works to this Grade A historic building.
Work on the Guildhall Restoration Project is ongoing and is expected to continue into 2012.
Welcoming progress on the works, the City Engineer John Kelpie said the ongoing restoration was key in sustaining the building for future generations and in providing a showcase for the City of Culture 2013 celebrations.