"Students really enjoyed painting their glass coasters and taking inspiration from the ‘real’ stained glass in the museum. They were lost in concentration and the room was silent, suggesting that they did really enjoy it! It was great for them to hear something of the history of the stained glass and how it is made, before viewing the collection, sketching and then making. There was a good balance of activities to fill the time" KS3/4 Teacher (Discover Stained Glass and glass painting), June 2019

Discover Stained Glass

Students will explore the medieval process of making stained-glass. They will have the opportunity to explore the Museum to collect details and motifs from the glass on display before being supported to transfer their designs into their own souvenir artworks.
Duration and pricing dependent on creative option chosen, please contact us for more information.

Spotlight Tours

A short tour of the Museum adapted to meet the specific interests and needs of your learners. Why not extend your visit by combining this tour with one of our art and craft activities?
40 minutes
£2 per pupil (minimum charge £20)


These activities can be adapted to suit a wide range of ages and abilities. Sessions can also be enhanced and extended in length and complexity for more advanced learners. Please contact the Learning Officer directly if you would like to discuss any of these activities in more detail.

Using the gallery for artistic sources of inspiration

The museum gallery is a fantastic place for GCSE, A-Level and equivalent college-level Art and Design students to access examples of historic, modern and contemporary art. We have portable lightweight chairs in the gallery which can be used for sketching. The variety of stained glass on display provides examples of traditional and modern crafts, innovative approaches to design, as well as glass colouring, cutting, painting and firing techniques.

Glass Painting

Pupils will have time to explore the Museum and collect details and motifs from the panels on display. They will then be supported to turn these into a design for a final piece, which they will transfer onto either acrylic or glass using paints and pens.
1 hour and 30 minutes
£3.50 per pupil if painting onto acrylic; £4.50 per pupil if painting onto glass (minimum charge £35)

Glass Fusing

Pupils will learn how to cut glass and then apply this skill to producing their own fused glass artwork. Pupils will work with flat glass, frit (ground glass), noodles, and stringers, which can be layered to produce a range of visual effects. Glass will be kiln-fired and available for collection approximately one week after your visit. This session is most suitable for KS2 and beyond.
2 hours
£10 per pupil (minimum charge £100)

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