- 1924-2002 (Creation)
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King and Son worked on many of the parish churches of East Anglia, and also on many other key sites for surviving stained glass nationally, including Great Malvern Priory, Wells Cathedral, Highcliffe Castle and many Oxbridge colleges. Internationally, they worked on commissions as far afield as Athens, South Africa and Canada. Dennis King also acted as a consultant to conservation workshops at York and Canterbury, and he advised on the creation of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely. No other British studio has handled so much conservation work in connexion with historic stained glass.
Closed in 2003.
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The collection has been arranged in the following sub-fonds, adminstrative records KNG 1/; production records KNG 2/; photographic archive KNG 3/; and technical papers and research KNG 4/. As far as possible the details of the original order as found on the temporary packaging has been retained in the catalogue entries.
The cutline rubbings and drawings have not been catalogued and are awaiting specialist cleaning. Each job the G. King and Son took on was given a job number. These have been recorded along with location, where obviously spotted when being boxed. A box list exists in the Search Room of the Record Office only. If the firm had further work with the location, a new job number was created and cutline rubbings/designs made where appropriate. Sometimes the two (or more) jobs were stored together, presumably for convenience. The job numbers and locations were recorded on the job files and this information has been added to each job location catalogue entry.
To see whether any cutline rubbings/designs exists for a specific location, check to see if there is a job file as this will give any job numbers. If no job file exists, it is unlikely that there would be surviving rolls, but there is a card index listing all jobs and locations which can be found at KNG 2/4/4.
If it is found that there are surviving rubbings/designs, they need to be cleaned before they can be produced in the searchroom as the workshop where they were used was full of lead dust and other debris. Please contact the Conservation Section for advice about viewing these documents.
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