Journal Submissions: Special Issue of Heritage: ‘New Advances in Stained Glass Research: Materials, Production Techniques and Conservation’, deadline 31 August 2021

Heritage, an international peer-reviewed open access journal of cultural and natural heritage science published quarterly by MDPI, has just launched the call for papers for a special issue entitled ‘New advances in stained glass research: materials, production techniques and conservation‘.

Many wrote about stained glass, but one must witness its splendour to understand the meaning of the words, the game of light and shadow, with coloured and colourless glass decorated with painted motifs. However, historic stained glass windows are exposed to the passage of time, facing physical attack and weathering conditions over time. Further changes introduced by restorations, reconstructions and interventions along with the degradation have a strong impact on the stained glass windows that we see today. Fortunately, scientific and technological advancements give, now, new and wider opportunities for preserving, sharing cultural heritage and better interpret its history, both in terms of manufacturing and past restoration actions.  

This issue is dedicated to:
– the technical aspects of the production of historical stained glass windows
– the degradation of stained glass
– stained glass conservation
– the importance of databases in the field of stained glass research

This Special Issue will also be open to contributions dealing with other subjects related to the major research themes mentioned above.

Dr. Marcia Vilarigues
Dr. Sophie Wolf
Dr. Teresa Palomar
Guest Editors

Original research papers and articles providing an up-to-date critical overview of the research in one of the above mentioned fields are invited. Manuscripts may be submitted from now until 31 August 2021 via the journal’s website. Articles will be available online as soon as they are accepted. The official launch of the special issue will be in January 2022 and coincide with the beginning of the International Year of Glass.

Heritage is an open access journal. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). However, the publisher MDPI has several policies in place to support authors who cannot afford the APC. Please contact the Heritage Editorial Office ( for further information and conditions for support.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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