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Glass panels and fragments
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.
Our gallery guide The Stained Glass Museum: Highlights from the Collection (SCALA, 2017) is a handy illustrated guidebook to the museum's collection.
Featuring highlights from the museum's collections both on display and in store, the guide provides a useful chronological overview to the development of stained glass in Britain, as illustrated by examples fro the museum's collection. The guide includes numerous high quality colour illustrations, and a useful glossary of stained glass terms.
Copies of our Gallery Guide are available to purchase from the museum shop.
OUR COLLECTING POLICY
The Stained Glass Museum exists to collect the finest representative examples of stained glass and associated materials, of all periods. The Stained Glass Museum is actively developing its collection through new acquisitions, and is reliant upon gifts and bequests, as well as grant-funding to make new acquisitions. New acquisitions are first considered by the museum's Acquisitions & Disposals Advisory Committee, and then a recommendation is made to the Board of Trustees. All decisions are guided by the museum's Collections Development Policy
More information about the museum's collections can be found via our Collections Search. If the information you are looking for cannot be found on our Collections Search please contact us using the online enquiry form.
Objects in the Museum's reserve collection and archive are accessible via prior arrangement only. Please contact the museum to make an appointment.
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.
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The Library is open to the public via appointment only. Please contact the museum to make an appointment to use the library.
Find out more
Our Geoffrey Clarke Stained Glass Conservation Blog Through the eyes of the conservator, is a good resource to find out more about the life and work of modern British artist Geoffrey Clarke. It documents the purchase, conservation and display of four modern stained glass artworks by Clarke, which are now on permanent display in the Stained Glass Museum.
Visit our Resources page for other resources, including an overview of the stylistic development of stained glass, and links to external pages.