stained glass fragments featuring a scourger in the Abbey Museum collection

Stained Glass Funding Success

The Abbey Museum staff are having a “pom-pom” moment!! What is that you may ask? Well, it is the way we celebrate when great things happen, those unexpected successes or some very good news. And we have just received some VERY GOOD NEWS. Late last year we applied to the Copland Foundation for funding for the conservation of nine of our medieval stained glass windows from our collection. Last week we received notification that our application was successful!!! Definitely a “pom-pom” moment!!

Why are we so very excited? Well it is because when we started fundraising for the conservation of the medieval and Victorian stained glass collection, over ten years ago, we had to raise a massive $165,000. For our small and predominately volunteer organisation that seemed a daunting task. However, through the generous donation of many wonderful individual donors who have funded the conservation of specific windows and through the fundraising efforts of the Abbey Museum Friends, who with the assistance of a grant from the Regional Arts Development …

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Help raise money for us – it’s easy

The Abbey Museum has partnered with ‘Our Village’,  and as one of their ‘101 Causes’ we will generate much needed funds for the Museum!


Sign up to help at the upcoming Redcliffe Festival and the Abbey Museum will receive $10 (YES – $10!!!) for every hour you help!!

Just you:   3 X 4 hour shifts = $120!!    Or 4 friends:  4 @ 3 x 4 hour shifts = $480!!  Straight to the Abbey Museum!!  Oh WOW!!

The plan is that Abbey Museum Volunteers will be rostered at the same stall so you can have lots of fun together!!

AND YES THE ROLES ARE EASY … AND FUN!!  (Volunteers at the Redcliffe Festival will also get first hand information on volunteering opportunities at the upcoming Jousting Spectacular being held in November).


Front line/ Customer service / Order taking:

Service to customers / Order taking / Accurate money handling / Filling drinks order / Keeping stall clean and tidy / Restocking

Back line/ Preparation

Preparing items for sale / Food …

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Restoring the Glory – Stained Glass Restoration

I love stained glass windows… the colour, the details, the vibrancy of the stories are simply inspiring. The stained glass windows in the Abbey Museum collection are some of my favourite objects. That is why I was so excited to take a group of our staff and volunteers to the studio of leading conservators Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn near Eumundi who are currently undertaking conservation of three of our windows which are usually housed in the Abbey Church.

What an amazing opportunity to see and hear not only how these ancient windows are conserved, but also the traditional method of manufacture, especially in the Middle Ages.

On welcoming us to their studio, which is like an Aladdin’s cave of coloured glass, paints, brushes and colouring pencils, Gerry talked about the difference between leadlight windows and stained glass. They are currently creating an amazing leadlight window to be installed in the large Baptistry in St Monica’s Cathedral in Cairns. Leadlight windows, I learnt, are made of pieces of coloured glass which are joined together with lead strips …

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