The Stained
Glass Museum

Visit from our Royal Patron - 27 November 2018

On 27 November 2018, our Patron His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Stained Glass Museum to celebrate its 40th anniversary of opening to the public. His Royal Highness visited the museum to see how the collection has developed in recent years. During the visit he met Trustees and staff of the museum, who presented him with a stained glass panel made by artist Deborah Lowe as a gift. His Royal Highness also met a group of children from Lantern Primary School in a glass fusing workshop. After visiting the museum gallery, His Royal Highness joined over 200 invited guests at a reception in his honour in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral. At the Reception he cut the museum's 40th birthday cake and unveiled a plaque commemorating the visit.

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. In spring 2019 it will have been open to the public for 40 years.

The Prince of Wales became Patron of The Stained Glass Museum during its 25th anniversary appeal in 1997. This was the second time His Royal Highness has visited The Stained Glass Museum. He last visited in 2000, to celebrate the museum’s relocation from the north to the south triforium of Ely Cathedral.

Today 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.

Prince CHarles is presented with a stained glass panel

Shop & Visitor Services Manager, Steven Jugg, presents HRH The Prince of Wales with a stained glass panel depicting a red squirrel, commissioned by the museum and made by artist Deborah Lowe.

Prince Charles looking pointing out onw of the Scottish windows on display at the STained Glass Museum

HRH The Prince of Wales discusses a window in the collection with the museum's Curator Dr Jasmine Allen

Prince Charles meeting children from the Lantern School in a glass fusing workshop

HRH The Prince of Wales meets children from Lantern Primary School during a glass fusing workshop.

Prince Charles unveils the plaque

HRH The Prince of Wales unveils a plaque to commemorate his visit.

Prince CHarles cuts the 40th birthday cake

HRH The Prince of Wales cuts the birthday cake

National Lottery #ThanksToYou

December fun thanks to The National Lottery

Saying Thank you to National Lotery players

#ThanksToYou

From 3-9 December 2018**, The Stained Glass Museum is offering free entry to National Lottery players.

The Stained Glass Museum will give free entry to National Lottery players during the week of 3-9 December 2018. We are one of hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard on between these dates can visit The Stained Glass Museum for free. One National Lottery ticket or scratchcard provides free entry for one paying adult (Accompanying children are free).

The Stained Glass Museum has recently received up to £88,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund throught its Resilient Heritage grants scheme, to explore options for future development. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund we were also able to expand the museum in the late 1990s into the south triforium of Ely Cathedral.
 
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For more information, see below Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions

  1. One National Lottery ticket provides free entry for one paying adult to The Stained Glass Museum (children go free).
  2. All National Lottery games qualify for free entry (including both National Lottery draw-based games and National Lottery Scratchcards). Proof of purchase of a National Lottery game can be either a hard copy ticket or a digital ticket.
  3. The offer is valid from 3rd December to 9th December 2018. The Stained Glass Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30-17:00 and on Sunday from 12:30-16:30, last admission is 30 minutes before closing
  4. The Stained Glass Museum has the right to refuse entry in the unlikely event of the venue reaching capacity, as well as other circumstances outside of its control.
  5. Admission via the front desk of the museum will be given at the point of entry when visitors arrive with their National Lottery tickets.
  6. The promoter is The Stained Glass Museum.
  7. In the event of queries on the day, the Visitor Service Assistant’s decision is final.
Have your say - Complete our Survey!

The Stained Glass Museum recently received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a two-year project entitled ‘Windows onto the Future: investigating options for an accessible and resilient Stained Glass Museum’. As part of this project we would like to invite you to complete a short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SGMSurvey2018

The information you provide will be processed securely and used only for the purpose of internal research to inform the masterplan. We will share this internally only with the SGM Windows onto the Future Project Members and Board of Trustees, and may attribute feedback to your name and organisation. If you would prefer that your feedback is completely anonymised, please indicate at the end of the survey. Please feel free to skip through questions you do not feel well placed to answer. If you would prefer to send your feedback directly to the masterplan consultants, please email: chris.hayes@metavalue.co.uk   

We would be grateful if you could complete the survey by 22 November 2018. 

'Windows onto the Future'

Developing a national centre for the discovery, appreciation and preservation of stained glass

SGM Prospectus

The Stained Glass Museum: Developing a national centre for the discovery, appreciation and preservation of stained glass - View Document (PDF) has been produced as part of the 'Windows onto the Future project'. It sets out the Stained Glass Museum’s journey so far, and our visiton for the future.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this document, and our vision for the future.

 

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 by autumn 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.gallery 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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