WHAT'S ON AT THE MUSEUM


The museum has a lively programme of events open to all. Please see below for what's on at the museum.

British Society of Master Glass Painters Centenary Exhibition
17 Sep. 2021 - 31 Oct. 2021


Event category: Exhibition

Price: Free
Location: South-west Transept, Ely Cathedral
This touring exhibition of stained glass panels celebrates the Centenary of the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP), founded in 1921. Members of the society were asked to create a new exhibition panel measuring 30cm x 30cm on any theme of their choice.

Over 80 artists from across the UK and overseas contributed to the exhibition. This collection of artworks, created especially for their centenary year, celebrates the unique art of glass. The panels have been created using both traditional and modern glass techniques, demonstrating the extraordinary range of stained glass currently practiced. The artists explore a variety of subjects with a few recurring themes, such as the environment, the pandemic and the beauty of nature. The exhibition builds a fascinating insight into the concerns of glass artists a hundred years after the society was established to help stained glass remain relevant.

The Stained Glass Museum in collaboration with Ely Cathedral will launch the Centenary tour. Selected works will be on display in the south-west transept of Ely Cathedral, by the entrance to the museum between 17 September and 31 October 2021. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Founded in 1921, the British Society of Master Glass Painters is the UK's only organisation devoted exclusively to the art and craft of stained glass. Membership is open to everyone and they offer a professional qualification for accredited Associates and Fellows of the society.

More information and a complete virtual gallery of all the panels submitted can be seen here

Suitable for ages: All
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Screenprinting on Glass Workshop (Climate Change)
25 Sep. 2021 10:00 - 5:00

*** FULLY BOOKED *** Please contact us for waiting list


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB7 4DL
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Screen printing on glass. No prior experience required.

A day of print focusing on powerful imagery taken from climate change protests and species endangered by climate change.

We will screen print using traditional glass paints and enamels on to hand-made, mouth-blown glass - building up layers to create stunning one-off works of art, which will be kiln-fired onto the glass making something that will last for years to come. We will also make elegant oak display stands to help display your artworks.

The workshop will have a maximum of six students, allowing for ample individual as well as group tuition.

Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347
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Kehinde Wiley's Stained Glass Art
29 Sep. 2021 7pm


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 (Friends: £4.00)
Location: Online
Book tickets
Since the early 2000s, American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley (b.1977, Los Angeles) has made waves in the art world with his spectacular larger than life oil on canvas portraits of young African-American men adopting poses inspired by paintings by European Old Masters. Between 2014 and 2016 Wiley produced two series of stained glass portraits inspired by a number of historic ecclesiastical stained glass windows. One of these was recently acquired by The Stained Glass Museum.

In this talk museum Director and Curator Dr Jasmine Allen will explore Wiley's stained glass works, examining how they blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation, applying a familiar visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and sublime used in the historic portrait painting tradition to the representation of contemporary urban, black and brown men and women throughout the world. In doing so, it will be argued that Wiley’s series of contemporary black portraits in stained glass provide a rare and welcome intervention that challenges not only the white-male dominated canon of portraiture within the western art historical tradition, but also the canon of stained glass and religious art more widely.
Suitable for ages: All
Contact: 01353 660347
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Glass Painting Workshop
1 Oct. 2021 10:00-5:00

*** FULLY BOOKED *** Please contact us for waiting list


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £95 per person including all materials, equipment and tuition
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL
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The art of painting on glass was mastered in the medieval period. Over the following centuries, stained glass artists have used painting techniques to draw with line and light, to create depth and detail, and to control the atmospheric quality of light’s transmission through glass.
In this practical workshop, glass artist Derek Hunt will teach traditional painting techniques. Using vitreous pigment and silver stain on clear glass, students learn to work with a variety of brushes, sticks, quills and sponges to create different effects and shading in both wet and dry matts. Glass work will be fired at intervals throughout the workshop, and ready to take home at the end of the day.



Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347
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Dating Nathan: The Oldest Stained Glass Window in England?
6 Oct. 2021


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 (Friends: £4.00)
Location: Online
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This summer, stained glass made headline news as new scientific research confirmed that four figures from the ‘Ancestor series’ of Canterbury Cathedral pre-date the 1174 fire, as first argued by stained glass historian Madeline Caviness in 1987. Dr Laura Ware Adlington was one of the leading scientists involved in this research, which made use of a few well-measured heavy trace elements and a 3D-printed attachment for a pXRF spectrometer that facilitated in situ analysis of the glass, leading to the conclusion that the glass actually dated to c.1130-60 and are therefore amongst the oldest stained glass in the UK.

Laura’s talk will introduce these techniques and the findings of this important research, recently published in a paper co-authored with Along with Prof. Ian Freestone and Leonie Seliger. Scientific results will be explained and placed in context of what we know about the development of Canterbury Cathedral and its extensive medieval glazing schemes, revealing exciting possibilities for future analysis of medieval glass.

Dr Laura Ware Adlington is a materials scientist who specialises in the use of elemental analysis to study historic and archaeological materials, especially glass. She is currently a Technical Specialist for Strainoptics, in North Wales, USA. She completed her PhD in Archaeological Materials Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2019, after which she worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Orléans, France.
Suitable for ages: All
Contact: 01353 660347
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SG Mini Mornings - Autumn Adventure
6 Oct. 2021 10:00-11:30


Event category: Children's Workshop

Price: £3.50
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
SG Mini Mornings is an interactive, multi-sensory session for Under 5s and their grown-up friends.

At the Stained Glass Museum we believe imagination and creativity are a vital part of a child’s early life and these sessions are designed to stimulate both.

Through story-telling, dancing, singing and craft making, SG Mini's is designed to provide parents and carers with an opportunity to explore creative play and to also allow for a little respite.

Each session is theatrically delivered by our Learning Manager.

£3.50 per child which includes a drink, biscuit for adults and children, craft materials and an interactive story.

TIME: 10:00-11:30, Last admittance 10:15.

Free-play and Craft Time (10:00-11:00)
StoryTime (11:00-11:30)

The session takes place in the museum gallery which is accessed via a stone spiral staircase of approximately 40 steps. Buggy park and toilet facilities available on the ground floor of the Cathedral.

Attendance limited to one child/one parent per ticket.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Suitable for ages: 5 and under
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
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Patterned Portrait Stunners with Jane Fellows
9 Oct. 2021 12:30-16:30

*** FULLY BOOKED *** Please contact us for waiting list


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: 40.00
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral, The South Triforium, Ely, CB7 4DL
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Explore our collection and learn how to create stunning patterned figures using the gelli plate printing method. Led by tutor & artist Jane Fellows, experiment with acrylic paints and golden pastel on textured stencils from which you will create beautiful patterns on tissue paper. Collaging your colourful tissue pieces with a gloss medium you will achieve a vibrant and translucent final portrait in the stained glass style.
Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347
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Irish Stained Glass: from An Túr Gloine to the present day
13 Oct. 2021 7pm


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 (Friends: £4.00)
Location: Online
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Ireland has always been exceptional in its regard for stained glass, the art having been seen as central to the national cultural revival of the early twentieth century. - Peter Cormack, author of Arts & Crafts Stained Glass (Yale UP, 2015).

In this illustrated talk David Caron will shed light on Ireland’s celebrated stained glass, from the foundation of An Túr Gloine (The Glass Tower) studio in the early 20th century to contemporary artists working in the medium today. David’s talk will give an insight into the preparation of the new edition of the Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, June 2021). This publication is a significantly updated and expanded edition of the original 1988 gazetteer.

David Caron was born in Dublin and studied Visual Communication at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, to which he returned in due course as lecturer and was subsequently appointed as Head of Department. He was one of the three original compilers of the first edition of the Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass in 1988. David's PhD research at Trinity College Dublin focused on the stained glass artist Michael Healy and the artists of An Túr Gloine (Tower of Glass) studio. He has written articles on various aspects of Irish stained glass over the years, most often for the Irish Arts Review.

Suitable for ages: All
Contact: 01353 660347
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Leading and Glazing Workshop
16 Oct. 2021 10:00 - 4:30

*** FULLY BOOKED *** Please contact us for waiting list


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition
Location: The Old Dispensary, 13 St. Mary's Street, Ely, CB7 4ER
In our leading workshops, participants are introduced to the techniques used to make a decorative glass panel, including glass cutting, leading, soldering and glazing (cementing). After you've chosen your design, you will be taken through each step of the construction process and will practise the glazing techniques before making your own panel to take home.
Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347


Ely Window Wanderland 2021
22 Oct. 2021 6pm-9pm - 24 Oct. 2021


Event category: Family Activity

Price: FREE (Friends: FREE)
Location: Ely
Window Wanderland is a fun family-friendly event where communities create illuminated displays in windows. You can use the street-facing windows of your home, business, school, nursery, car, shop, or even your door, or front garden. A map showing the locations of illuminated window displays is then created to form an after-dark walking trail and community event, transforming local streets into galleries.

Ely’s second Window Wanderland, organised by The Stained Glass Museum and Babylon ARTS will take place over the evenings of Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October 2021. Everyone is encouraged to get involved by illuminating their street-facing windows between 6pm and 9pm, creating an after-dark walking trail of glowing windows.

How to get involved
Taking part is FREE and everyone is welcome. We would especially encourage resident families, local businesses, and community groups such as guides, brownies, scouts, to take part by creating an illuminated window display for this special event.

If you’re planning on transforming a window for Ely Window Wanderland please sign up on our Window Wanderland event page so that we can map participants on our website and create a local trail. Then get planning your window display!
Suitable for ages: All
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Glass Fusing Workshop
23 Oct. 2021 10:00 - 4:00

*** FULLY BOOKED *** Please contact us for waiting list


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB7 4DL
Book a Place

Make small hangings decorations, free standing ornaments and jewllery.

Create colourful animals, plants, birds or small pictures and more by learning to cut more complicated glass shapes with a range of coloured glasses, rods and powders . You may want to hang your pieces which could be jewellery or decorations so you will learn how to make fixings.

Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347


Children's Tours
28 Oct. 2021 1330, 1430, 1530


Event category: Family Activity

Price: Free + Museum Entry
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
Short 30 min tours as part of your general admission.

(Children go free)
Suitable for ages: 5+
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
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SG Mini Mornings - Spooky Adventure
28 Oct. 2021 10:00-11:30


Event category: Children's Workshop

Price: £3.50
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
SG Mini Mornings is an interactive, multi-sensory session for Under 5s and their grown-up friends.

At the Stained Glass Museum we believe imagination and creativity are a vital part of a child’s early life and these sessions are designed to stimulate both.

Through story-telling, dancing, singing and craft making, SG Mini's is designed to provide parents and carers with an opportunity to explore creative play and to also allow for a little respite.

Each session is theatrically delivered by our Learning Manager.

£3.50 per child which includes a drink, biscuit for adults and children, craft materials and an interactive story.

TIME: 10:00-11:30, Last admittance 10:15.

Free-play and Craft Time (10:00-11:00)
StoryTime (11:00-11:30)

The session takes place in the museum gallery which is accessed via a stone spiral staircase of approximately 40 steps. Buggy park and toilet facilities available on the ground floor of the Cathedral.

Attendance limited to one child/one parent per ticket.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Suitable for ages: 5 and under
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
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Spooky Glass Fusing for Children: Level 1
29 Oct. 2021 10:00-11:30


Event category: Children's Workshop

Price: 10.00
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
The session leader will explain the principles and theory of glass cutting, fusing and firing, explaining the various terms and stages used in fusing glass. The techniques you will be introduced to will include fusing clear and coloured glass using fritt, confetti, stringers, noodles and some metal inclusions, with special emphasis on the construction of designs. Young people will get to work on their design and make small glass items of their choice, such as tiles, coasters, jewellery or decorative hangings. The session leader will provide examples of the different techniques, processes, fittings and results for students to handle and examine, but the emphasis of the workshop will remain on the creative designs that the young people can achieve by themselves, ensuring that everyone will have a rewarding time.

Your glass will need to be kiln-fired after the workshop is finished. This process takes 24 hours and will usually takes place on the following day because someone needs to be on the premises during firing. Once your fused artwork has been kiln-fired and cooled, we will contact you to let you know it is ready for collection.

All young people must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop.

DATE

Friday 29th October - Spooky Glass Fusing
Suitable for ages: 7+
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
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Spooky Family Fusing
29 Oct. 2021 1330-1530


Event category: Family Activity

Price: 36.00 (pays for 3 places)
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
The session leader will explain the principles and theory of glass cutting, fusing and firing, explaining the various terms and stages used in fusing glass. The techniques you will be introduced to will include fusing clear and coloured glass using fritt, confetti, stringers, noodles and some metal inclusions, with special emphasis on the construction of designs. Young people will get to work with family members on their design and make small glass items of their choice, such as tiles, coasters, jewellery or decorative hangings. The session leader will provide examples of the different techniques, processes, fittings and results for participants to handle and examine, but the emphasis of the workshop will remain on the creative designs that the young people and their family members can achieve by themselves, ensuring that everyone will have a rewarding time.

Your glass will need to be kiln-fired after the workshop is finished. This process takes 24 hours and will usually takes place on the following day because someone needs to be on the premises during firing. Once your fused artwork has been kiln-fired and cooled, we will contact you to let you know it is ready for collection.

All young people must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop.

Ticket Price allows for unit of 3 people: that could be an adult and 2 children or 2 adults and a child.
Suitable for ages: 7+ (All the family)
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
details...


Copper Foiling Workshop
6 Nov. 2021 10:00 - 5:00

*** FULLY BOOKED *** Please contact us for waiting list


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition
Location: Lighthouse center,13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG
The copper foiling technique, popularised by Tiffany in the 1890s, is ideal for making decorative panels, sun catchers and mirrors. Copper tape and solder are used to create a seam joining the pieces of glass. A choice of patterns will be provided and a selection of coloured and textured glass will be available for you to make your final piece to take home


Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347


SG Mini Mornings - Bonfire Adventure
17 Nov. 2021 10:00-11:30


Event category: Children's Workshop

Price: £3.50
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
SG Mini Mornings is an interactive, multi-sensory session for Under 5s and their grown-up friends.

At the Stained Glass Museum we believe imagination and creativity are a vital part of a child’s early life and these sessions are designed to stimulate both.

Through story-telling, dancing, singing and craft making, SG Mini's is designed to provide parents and carers with an opportunity to explore creative play and to also allow for a little respite.

Each session is theatrically delivered by our Learning Manager.

£3.50 per child which includes a drink, biscuit for adults and children, craft materials and an interactive story.

TIME: 10:00-11:30, Last admittance 10:15.

Free-play and Craft Time (10:00-11:00)
StoryTime (11:00-11:30)

The session takes place in the museum gallery which is accessed via a stone spiral staircase of approximately 40 steps. Buggy park and toilet facilities available on the ground floor of the Cathedral.

Attendance limited to one child/one parent per ticket.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Suitable for ages: 5 and under
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
details...


Festive Glass Fusing for Children: Level 1
4 Dec. 2021 10:00-11:30


Event category: Children's Workshop

Price: 10.00
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
The session leader will explain the principles and theory of glass cutting, fusing and firing, explaining the various terms and stages used in fusing glass. The techniques you will be introduced to will include fusing clear and coloured glass using fritt, confetti, stringers, noodles and some metal inclusions, with special emphasis on the construction of designs. Young people will get to work on their design and make small glass items of their choice, such as tiles, coasters, jewellery or decorative hangings. The session leader will provide examples of the different techniques, processes, fittings and results for students to handle and examine, but the emphasis of the workshop will remain on the creative designs that the young people can achieve by themselves, ensuring that everyone will have a rewarding time.

Your glass will need to be kiln-fired after the workshop is finished. This process takes 24 hours and will usually takes place on the following day because someone needs to be on the premises during firing. Once your fused artwork has been kiln-fired and cooled, we will contact you to let you know it is ready for collection.

All young people must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop.

DATE

Saturday 4th December - Festive Glass Fusing for Children: Level 1
Suitable for ages: 7+
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
details...


Festive Family Fusing
4 Dec. 2021 1330-1530


Event category: Family Activity

Price: 36.00 (pays for 3 places)
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
The session leader will explain the principles and theory of glass cutting, fusing and firing, explaining the various terms and stages used in fusing glass. The techniques you will be introduced to will include fusing clear and coloured glass using fritt, confetti, stringers, noodles and some metal inclusions, with special emphasis on the construction of designs. Young people will get to work with family members on their design and make small glass items of their choice, such as tiles, coasters, jewellery or decorative hangings. The session leader will provide examples of the different techniques, processes, fittings and results for participants to handle and examine, but the emphasis of the workshop will remain on the creative designs that the young people and their family members can achieve by themselves, ensuring that everyone will have a rewarding time.

Your glass will need to be kiln-fired after the workshop is finished. This process takes 24 hours and will usually takes place on the following day because someone needs to be on the premises during firing. Once your fused artwork has been kiln-fired and cooled, we will contact you to let you know it is ready for collection.

All young people must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop.

Ticket Price allows for unit of 3 people: that could be an adult and 2 children or 2 adults and a child.
Suitable for ages: 7+ (All the family)
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
details...


SG Mini Mornings - Festive Adventure
16 Dec. 2021 10:00-11:30


Event category: Children's Workshop

Price: £3.50
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
SG Mini Mornings is an interactive, multi-sensory session for Under 5s and their grown-up friends.

At the Stained Glass Museum we believe imagination and creativity are a vital part of a child’s early life and these sessions are designed to stimulate both.

Through story-telling, dancing, singing and craft making, SG Mini's is designed to provide parents and carers with an opportunity to explore creative play and to also allow for a little respite.

Each session is theatrically delivered by our Learning Manager.

£3.50 per child which includes a drink, biscuit for adults and children, craft materials and an interactive story.

TIME: 10:00-11:30, Last admittance 10:15.

Free-play and Craft Time (10:00-11:00)
StoryTime (11:00-11:30)

The session takes place in the museum gallery which is accessed via a stone spiral staircase of approximately 40 steps. Buggy park and toilet facilities available on the ground floor of the Cathedral.

Attendance limited to one child/one parent per ticket.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Suitable for ages: 5 and under
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
details...


Drop-In Craft Session for families
21 Dec. 2021 1000-1500


Event category: Family Activity

Price: Free + Museum Entry
Location: The Stained Glass Museum
Come to our museum and access one of our free trails and have some fun making crafts with the Learning Team.

We have trails suitable for all ages and the family

No pre-booking required.
Suitable for ages: All the family
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
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Refunds & Cancellation Policy


For cancellations made more than 28 days in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change.

For cancellations made between 14 and 28 days in advance we will offer a 50% refund or allow one free date change.

For cancellations made less than 14 days in advance we are unable to offer a refund or date change on workshop places, although you are welcome to transfer the booking to someone else.

If a date change has already been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.

We are unable to refund workshops paid for using workshops vouchers.

Please bear in mind that the Stained Glass Museum is a charity and in order to operate successfully it’s important that we adhere to this policy.

Cancellation of courses by the Museum
Under rare or exceptional circumstances the Museum may have to cancel workshops. If a cancellation is necessary, we will do our utmost to contact you by phone or email as soon as possible before the workshop is held. You will be offered either a full refund or the option to transfer their booking to an alternative date/workshop.

Please note The Stained Glass Museum is not liable for any costs associated with travel or accommodation. Please bear this in mind when booking travel or accommodation in advance.




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