The Stained
Glass Museum


About Us

The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least thirteen hundred years.

Our permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels representing eight hundred years of the history of this ancient art, from the thirteenth century to the present day.

All the stained glass panels in the gallery are displayed at eye-level enabling visitors to have a rare close-encounter with the art of stained glass. Temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year, highlighting panels and designs from the Museum's reserve collection.

History of the Stained Glass Museum

Future Plans

We exist to encourage the discovery, appreciation, enjoyment and preservation of historic and contemporary stained glass.

We seek to create multiple opportunities to see and experience, learn and create stained glass in a unique environment.
We exist to excite and inspire, to enrich lives, and provide a memorable experience for generations of visitors.
We aim to keep the inspiration and appreciation of stained glass alive in the 21st century and beyond; to make stained glass accessible and relevant to diverse and changing audiences and their needs.
We will work with partners in various sectors to actively promote the art of stained glass in Britain; to share knowledge and skills, and to provide a bridge between existing artistic and heritage organisations and the public.

The Collection

We are currently making plans to develop a new full online collections search. In the meantime you can Browse The Stained Glass Museum's Collection although not all of the collection is included in this catalogue. For up-to-date informaton about objects in the Museum's collection, please contact us.


The Stained Glass Museum's Collection includes over 1,000 stained glass panels from both religious and secular buildings, from all parts of the British Isles. In addition to the many completed stained glass panels and windows, the Museum has a number of smaller trial-pieces of stained and painted glass, fragments and samples of glass material, many of which derived from artists' studios.

Preparatory Designs, Cartoons, Maquettes

The Museum has a small but significant collection of preparatory designs, cartoons and maquettes relating to nineteenth- and twentieth-century stained glass. These designs are sometimes displayed as part of temporary exhibitions.

Tools, materials and other miscellaneous objects

The Museum also has a collection of tools and materials related to the design and manufacture of glass, lead and stained glass windows. Many of these are on display in the main gallery.

The Stained Glass Museum continues to collect stained glass and associated materials and develop its collections. For more information view our Collections Development Policy.


The Museum has a specialist reference library, with a number of books, articles and pamphlets related to stained glass, glass, art and architecture, heraldry, and ecclesiastical history.

Browse and search the Museum's Library holdings (PDF last updated April 2016).

The Library is open to the public via appointment only.


Registered Charity No. 1169842

Accredited Museum No. 574


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