Restoring the Council Chamber

"The University is committed to honouring our heritage and this restoration is another step in the ongoing Hunter building conservation programme," says chief operating officer Mark Loveard.

The stained glass window of the Council Chamber.

The Council Chamber in the Hunter building has hosted thousands of university events over the past 100 years—and now specialist renovation work has preserved this important taonga for future generations.

The Chamber features beautifully carved stonework and the stunning stained-glass Memorial Window honouring the sacrifice of staff and students who served in World War I. A project to conserve these, and other features, began in 2014 and a complete restoration of the Memorial Window was completed in 2015.

From late 2018 to June 2019, heritage architects, specialist glass restorers, and stonemasons worked together on a project to restore the West Window and the surrounding stonework in the Chamber.