The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum dedicated to the art of stained glass in the UK. The museum boasts a nationally-significant collection of stained glass, associated designs, materials and tools which reveal the development of this unique art from the 13th century to present day.
The museum’s permanent gallery space in the triforium of Ely Cathedral houses a chronological display featuring stained glass from the museum’s own collection as well as from partner organisations the V&A and the Royal Collection. Displayed at eye-level, visitors can experience this art form at close quarters.
An engaging learning programme for all ages sees practical glass workshops led by professional artists, talks, tours and family activities held throughout the year.
An independent accredited museum and registered charity since its foundation in 1972, The Stained Glass Museum has rescued a large quantity of stained glass from redundant buildings, many of them churches and chapels, but also synagogues, hospitals, houses and schools, which otherwise would have been lost.
The museum is principally funded through its paying visitors, events and retail, supported by a small number of grants.
The national centre for enjoying and understanding stained glass through storytelling, creativity and research.
To share with everyone the cultural and artistic importance of stained glass.
History of the Museum
Visiting the Museum
Our Patron is His Majesty King Charles III
The Stained Glass Museum is governed by a Board of specialist Trustees, who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Museum.
The Stained Glass Museum is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) (Charity No. 1169842) and holds Full Accredited status with the Arts Council (574).
The Stained Glass Museum is managed by a full-time Director and Curator and a small team of part-time staff, assisted by volunteers.
The Stained Glass Museum would like to thank the following organisations who provide small grants to help us care for and share our collections, develop activities and audience engagement:
● The Glaziers Trust (Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass)
● Loppylugs and Barbara Morrison Charitable Trust
● The Wyss Foundation
Our Friends and Volunteers
We are hugely grateful for all the generous gifts from the museum’s Friends and for the valuable time given by Volunteers, which is vital in enabling the museum to operate. Thank you.