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Massive York Minster conservation project nears end

Restoration work on the Great East Window. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees
The massive conservation project is nearly finished. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A decade-long project to restore a 600-year-old stained glass window in York Minister is nearly finished.

All 311 panels were removed, cleaned, documented and painstakingly refitted into the structure.

The Great East Window is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the country.

It tells the entire Biblical story, beginning with God at the top and finishing with the Apocalypse.

Each panel weighs around 16kg and has taken between 400 and 600 hours to restore.

It’s part of an £11.5m project which included refurbishment of the stonework that surrounds the glass.

It's been financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, York Minster Fund and the Chapter of York.

It is one of the largest conservation projects of its kind.