The Stained
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Stained Glass Museum awarded funding for developing future plan

The Stained Glass Museum wins National Lottery support

9 March 2018

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The Stained Glass Museum in Ely has received a grant of up to £88,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This exciting two-year project, awarded under the Resilient Heritage scheme, will investigate options and produce a masterplan for the museum’s future development. The project has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players and will begin in April 2018.

Download Full Press Release (PDF) - 9 March 2018

The project, aptly named ‘Windows onto the future’, will enable the museum’s trustees and senior management team to form a vision and strategic plan for a more accessible, sustainable and resilient museum with improved visitor facilities, which meet the needs of a growing visitor base and diverse audiences. The strategic masterplan will be developed with the assistance of external consultants and consultations with stakeholders and audiences.

This is the second time the National Lottery has supported the Museum in making step-changes in its development. The HLF helped fund the relocation and refurbishment of the museum in the south triforium of Ely Cathedral in the late 1990s.

The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum dedicated to stained glass in the UK. It was founded in 1972 and opened to the public in the north triforium of Ely Cathedral in 1979. The museum has an internationally-significant collection of stained glass illustrating the development of the art from the medieval period to the present day. Through its collections, educational visits for schools and other groups, diverse series of public events, and practical glass workshops for adults and children the museum offers a variety of opportunities for engaging with our stained glass heritage.

Commenting on the award, the museum’s Curator, Jasmine Allen, said: “The Stained Glass Museum has grown considerably since its successful redevelopment in the late-1990s and we are delighted to have received National Lottery funding to explore options and develop plans for the next stage of its future development.”

New Online Collections Map! - March 2018

Collections Map

Several of the stained glass panels on display at the Stained Glass Museum were originally installed in a variety of buildings across the UK and beyond.

Using the interactive map you can explore the original locations of more than 100 windows in our collection. This includes demolished buildings as well as those repurposed for other use or still in use.

Explore our online Collections Map

Click on the picture or the link above to explore the collections map.

The map only includes windows in the museum's collection which were originally installed in an architectural framework within a public building. It excludes glass made exclusively for domestic use, panels on loan to the museum and studio glass or exhibition panels. We have also excluded glass where we have incomplete information regarding the original location of a window or building.

South Nave Aisle Roof Repairs 2017-2018


Museum during south nave aisle roof repairs

From August 2017 Ely Cathedral are carrying out some major repairs to the South Nave Aisle roof above The Stained Glass Museum. The Stained Glass Museum will remain open to visitors for the majority of the works, with some scaffolding in the museum gallery.We apologise for any disruption or inconvenience to visitors. We anticipate the work will be complete in Spring 2018. Please check our visiting us page for more information.

Explore the Collections
explore collections

Search the Museum’s Collection of stained glass, cartoons, and tools and materials

New Gallery Guide - published February 2017

The Stained Glass Museum: Highlights from the Collection

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new gallery guide. Purchase a guide cover

• Beautifully illustrated with new full-colour photography

• Spans a wide variety of examples - from secular buildings as well as religious ones, and from as far afield as Europe and America

• Offers a unique opportunity to compare and contrast a range of stained glass styles, and see how the technique developed

Located in the magnificent setting of the south triforium of Ely Cathedral, the Stained Glass Museum is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to the ancient art and craft of stained glass, which has been practised in Britain for almost 1,500 years. Once almost solely confined to church buildings and manor houses whose patrons could afford luxurious coloured glass windows, from the 19th century stained glass also became popular in secular buildings. In recent times it has been used to enliven and form part of the main structure of corporate buildings, hotels, community and shopping centres. 

The Stained Glass Museum has given new life to hundreds of windows removed from redundant buildings across the British Isles, since its foundation in 1972. This guide describes and illustrates highlights from the Museum’s growing collection of over 1,000 stained glass panels and windows, from the 13th century through to the present day, as well as associated designs, sketches, cartoons and tools.

Publication Details
The Stained Glass Museum: HIghlights from the Collection

Jasmine Allen

SCALA Publishing, 2017

ISBN: 9781785510595
Size: 240 x 172 mm / 6¾ x 9½ in.
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 72

Contact Info

The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL
Tel: (+44) 01353 660347

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