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

Showing events in December 2020

'Tinker, Tailor...' Exhibition
2 Dec. 2020 - 25 Aug. 2021

Event category: Exhibition

Price: Free with museum entry (Friends: FREE)
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL
2 December 2020 - 29 May 2021

The new series of work by stained glass artist Rachel Mulligan was inspired by the old fortune-telling rhyme Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man or thief?

During Lockdown Rachel was reminded of two sketches she had made almost 20 years ago of stained glass panels illustrating Tailor and Soldier. She posted the sketches on Instagram and discovered they were made in the 1930s by Charles Paine and Daisy Luther and that panels illustrating Tinker and Sailor also existed. While sketching them Rachel began thinking about how the theme could be retold with a contemporary twist to reflect the tremendous effort of the community during the Covid crisis. From the building of the Nightingale hospitals to the cleaners in care homes, and from Thursday night clapping to supporting those people who suddenly had no income, the eight panels reflect daily life in 2020.

Rachel is inspired by Medieval art and storytelling. Her work is usually very detailed but in these panels she was emulating the pared back, graphic style of the 1930’s originals. During the summer she travelled to Lamberts in Germany so she could select the right mouth-blown glass for the project. The glass has been engraved, painted and stained. Having finished work on the stained glass Rachel then revisited her printmaking past and turned the designs into a series of linocuts, the first she has made in 25 years. Rachel is delighted to be showcasing the new work at the Stained Glass Museum in Ely. It is an inspiring place to visit with so many beautiful and historic panels housed in a stunning location.
Suitable for ages: All
Contact: 01353 660347

'Tinker Tailor and Other Tales in Stained Glass' - webinar with Rachel Mulligan
9 Dec. 2020 7pm GMT

Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5 + 95p Eventbrite booking fee (Friends: Free)
Location: Online
This online webinar and Q and A with stained glass artist Rachel Mulligan will focus on her series of story-telling panels. In the last ten years Rachel Mulligan has produced several small-scale stained glass panels as part of a narrative series of exhibition pieces. Traditional themes and tales are reimagined with a modern twist in Mulligan's characteristic style. This online webinar and Q and A will explore these works beginning with her Labours of the Month (2010) series, Seven Ages of Man series (2015-17) and most recent Tinker Tailor pieces (2020) which were inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and UK lockdown.

Rachel Mulligan studied fine art and specialised in printmaking before discovering stained glass at an adult education class. She went on to study at Central St Martins and then at Chelsea School of Art. Since 1995 she has completed many commissions for homes across Surrey and for public buildings including Haslemere Museum, The Cassel Hospital, Isleworth Town Hall and Castletown Primary School. Her exhibition panels are in the collections of Godalming Museum and the Royal College of Nursing. Her series The Seven Ages of Man were exhibited at Strawberry Hill House and the Stained Glass Museum. Rachel teaches stained glass from her garden studio in Surrey. She is an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass painters and serves on their Council and she was recently admitted as a Freeman to the Worshipful Company of Glaziers.

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