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.

Portraiture in Victorian Stained Glass - Online lecture (webinar)
22 Oct. 2020 7pm


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee (Friends: £4.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee)
Location: OnlinePortraiture in Victorian Stained Glass - Online lecture (webinar) with Dr Jim Cheshire, Lecturer, University of Lincoln. This lecture will explore the significance of this phenomenon photographic portraiture in Victorian stained glass.

The inclusion of portraits in stained glass is a notable feature of Victorian windows from the 1860s onwards, arguably a symptom of the wider democratisation of portraiture initiated by photography. In many Victorian windows, photographic portraits were used to incorporate individuals within religious imagery thus blurring the boundaries between personal experience and iconography and expanding the cultural role of the medium.

This lecture will explore the significance of this phenomenon and argue that it complicates any facile understanding of Victorian stained glass as uniform and mass produced.

Jim Cheshire is Associate Professor of Cultural History at the University of Lincoln, he works on nineteenth-century visual and material culture, particularly Victorian medievalism, stained glass and publishing history. His latest monograph, Tennyson and Mid-Victorian Publishing: Moxon, Poetry, Commerce was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 and he has recently written essays for the Routledge Companion to William Morris, the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism and the Bloomsbury Cultural History of the Interior.



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*Please note the date of this event changed on 10 October (it was previously scheduled for 21 October)
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Ely's first Window Wanderland
23 Oct. 2020 5.30-8.30pm - 24 Oct. 2020


Event category: Family Activity

Location: ElyHelp us create Ely’s first Window Wanderland!

23 and 24 October 2020

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 first Window Wanderland is being organized and promoted by two of the city’s arts organisations, The Stained Glass Museum and Babylon ARTS.

When is it?

Ely’s first window Wanderland will take place over two evenings on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October. Everyone is encouraged to get involved by illuminate their street-facing windows between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, 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!

For more information and inspiration go to our Ely Window Wanderland event page
Suitable for ages: All
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Glass Painting Workshop
24 Oct. 2020 10:00 - 5:00


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB7 4DLThe art of painting on glass was mastered in the medieval period. In this workshop you will learn traditional painting techniques using a vitreous pigment and silver stain. You will work with a variety of brushes, sticks, quills and sponges to create different decorative effects and shading in both wet and dry matts, in between glass firings, to produce your own piece of painted glass to take home.
Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347


Conserving stained glass in the digital age - Leonie Séliger
28 Oct. 2020 7pm


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee (Friends: £4.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee)
Location: Online“In the mind’s eye" - restoring historic stained glass in the digital age. Could we, and should we? - Online lecture (webinar)

This talk will explore the different ways stained glass windows lose parts of themselves (be it their applied decoration, the glass, or ‘just’ the lead), and how the cause of the damage may influence our approach to repair. Craft skills, artistic sensitivity, art historic understanding, and the tools of the virtual age all play a part in 21st century approaches to conservation. The talk will look at a number of examples, the good, the bad, and – yes – the ugly.

Léonie Seliger joined the team of Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass conservation department in 1991, and graduated from York University with an MA in Conservation Studies in 2001. She became Director of Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass department in 2006, and is responsible for the conservation of the cathedral’s internationally important early medieval windows, as well as for many conservation projects in other places, including Westminster Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral.

Léonie advises the Dioceses of Canterbury and Rochester on the restoration/conservation of historic stained glass as well as on new designs for windows. She is the co-author of ‘Conserving Stained Glass using Environmental Protective Glazing’, a research paper commissioned and published by Historic England in 2019, and co-author of the upcoming Historic England guidance note ‘Dealing with Environmental Deterioration of Stained Glass’.

As well as conserving historic stained glass, Léonie also designs and makes new windows, including glass for the new chapel in the Margaret Thatcher Wing of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Stour Music Window in All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph, and a window for the chapel in Benenden School.



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Copper Foiling Workshop
31 Oct. 2020 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 Lighthouse, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EGThe 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


In the Light of Modernity - Mel Howse Online lecture (webinar)
4 Nov. 2020 7pm


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee (Friends: £4.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee)
Location: OnlineIn the Light of Modernity – online webinar with award-winning glass artist Mel Howse.

Join us to hear about contemporary glasswork for architecture, both secular and ecclesiastical.

Mel Howse is an award-winning artist, designer and maker of public art commissions. She works primarily in the mediums of glass and metal. Mel’s portfolio embraces art that is integral to exterior and interior architecture, and to the sense of place. Her design style is progressive, innovative, and intentionally utilises contemporary industrial techniques.

Mel’s approach to her work is to continually re-evaluate the opportunities offered by the materials in her chosen medium. She is a

fervent believer in the merits of being both the designer and the maker, and pursues this principle so as to sustain and fulfil the purpose of her art.

Over the course of 25 years Mel has completed a diverse range of

commissions, including most notably: 500sqm art glass façade for retailer J Sainsbury's in Central Milton Keynes; the Huddleston Memorial Window at Lancing College Chapel on the theme of apartheid and dedicated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the Art Bath in cast iron and fired enamel; and public art for developer Clarion for a mixed-use Brighton development by architect Conran and Partners, with awards for both the development and the art.

In 2019 she installed The Illumination Window at Durham Cathedral, which resides in the north quire aisle alongside the Shrine of St Cuthbert. Buy Tickets (eventbrite)
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Glass Painting Workshop
7 Nov. 2020 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 4DLThe art of painting on glass was mastered in the medieval period. In this workshop you will learn traditional painting techniques using a vitreous pigment and silver stain. You will work with a variety of brushes, sticks, quills and sponges to create different decorative effects and shading in both wet and dry matts, in between glass firings, to produce your own piece of painted glass to take home.
Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347


Leading & Glazing Workshop
7 Nov. 2020 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 Lighthouse, ElyIn 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


Half-Day Glass Fusing Workshop
20 Nov. 2020 1:00 - 4:00

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


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £49 per person including materials, equipment and tuition
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB7 4DLGlass fusing is a popular technique in which glass is fused together at high temperature. With a variety of clear and coloured glass, frit, confetti, stringers, noodles and metal inclusions available to you, in this workshop you can design and make your own fused glass art tiles, coasters, jewellery or decorative ornaments
Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347



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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