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.

'Tinker, Tailor...' Exhibition
2 Dec. 2020 10:00 - 4:30 - 29 May 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
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***CANCELLED*** Glass Painting Workshop
27 Feb. 2021 10:00-5:00 - 1 Oct. 2021


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
The 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


How to identify the makers of 19th Century Stained Glass Windows - online talk (webinar)
10 Mar. 2021 7pm


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee (Friends: £4.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee)
Location: Online
A hinderance in studying 19th century-stained glass is that many panels are not signed by their makers. The preponderance of windows in the gothic revival style can make it difficult to discern one maker from another. In this talk Chris Parkinson will share tips on how to identify windows by some of the largest 19th century stained glass manufacturers, such as the London-based firms Clayton & Bell, Lavers & Barraud and Heaton, Butler & Bayne.

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Chris Parkinson is a retired secondary school teacher residing in and actively promoting the stained glass of Essex. During the last decade, Chris carried out a photographic survey of the surviving pre-Reformation stained glass in Essex for the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA), images of which are available on the CVMA website. Chris is currently preparing a CVMA publication cataloguing the stained glass in Essex up to 1800 with co-author Dr Penny Hebgin-Barnes. While such glass remains the focus of his current activities, Chris retains an interest in and love of 19th century glass which stretches back some 45 years.
Suitable for ages: All
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Art Unlocked 1
16 Mar. 2021 16:30


Event category: Other / Young People

Price: FREE
Location: Online
Art Unlocked is a new online group aimed at secondary school Years 7-11 who want to explore the art world in new and interesting ways.

Each week’s session will take a different theme, with an ‘object in focus’ presentation, discussion and activity integrating craft and practical based arts which could include creative writing and poetry, music, dance and drama. No previous arts knowledge is required!

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Each session is limited to 16 young people, school years 7-11 and you will need to sign up to individual sessions, obtaining the permission of a responsible adult first.
Suitable for ages: Ages 12-18
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
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Art Unlocked 2
23 Mar. 2021 16:30


Event category: Other / Young People

Price: FREE
Location: Online
Art Unlocked is a new online group aimed at secondary school Years 7-11 who want to explore the art world in new and interesting ways.

Each week’s session will take a different theme, with an ‘object in focus’ presentation, discussion and activity integrating craft and practical based arts which could include creative writing and poetry, music, dance and drama. No previous arts knowledge is required!

Sign up now

Each session is limited to 16 young people, school years 7-11 and you will need to sign up to individual sessions, obtaining the permission of a responsible adult first.
Suitable for ages: Ages 12-18
Contact: learning@stainedglassmuseum.com
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***CANCELLED*** Leading and Glazing Workshop
26 Mar. 2021 10:00 - 4:30


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


***CANCELLED*** Glass Painting Workshop
3 Apr. 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
The 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


Mark Angus: A Dialogue between Poetry and Abstraction
14 Apr. 2021 7pm


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 (Friends: £4.00)
Location: Online
In this illustrated talk Mark Angus will tell some stories from architectural commissions, mainly for churches, over forty years: Working as a stained glass artist has wonderful aspects, one of which involves meeting many wonderful people. Half way through however, this journey took an unexpected turn and he moved to Bavaria. Almost like starting a new career, but with the advantage of living close to the Lamberts Glass factory, and with access to a large acid etching bay which opened new artistic pathways for Mark. In the second part of the talk Mark will discuss his autonomous exhibition panels, and new themes such as the Ark, the “Puer Aeternus” figure, angels, and include a short deviation into “80 Capriccios and the Turbulences of the Self”.

Since 1978 Mark Angus has gained a reputation in Britain and Europe for his expressive stained glass art, and has created windows for churches and cathedrals as well as for other public and private spaces. Important examples include complete schemes for Oundle School, Spinkhill Parish Church, Berkhampstead School, and Perth Baptist Church (all UK), and St. Raymund Parish Church in Breitenberg near Passau (Germany), as well as windows for the cathedrals of Durham and Guildford (UK). More recently, he has completed comprehensive schemes for St. Fintan’s Church, Raheen (Ireland), St. Mary’s Church, Sheffield (UK), and for St. Ursula’s Hospice, Niederalteich (Germany).

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Mark Angus studied Architectural Stained Glass at Swansea School of Art during 1976-1978. In the last 20 years his work has been exhibited across Europe. Whilst retaining an interest in church stained glass, Mark Angus has also worked acrylic paintings, and printmaking, especially vitreography, a technique where prints are created from glass sheets, resulting in images of great light and subtlety. Predominant in Mark Angus’ imaginative narratives are the figure, dialogue and interaction, and the human self in space.

This talk is part of a developing series of Artist Talks, hosted by The Stained Glass Museum.
Suitable for ages: All
Contact: events@stainedglassmuseum.com
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***CANCELLED*** Two Day Painting & Glazing Workshop
16 Apr. 2021 10:00 - 4:30 - 17 Apr. 2021


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £190 per person including materials, equipment and tuition
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB7 4DL
At this workshop you’ll work with two different expert tutors who will guide you through the process of designing and painting your own painted glass panel, which will form the centre piece of a larger leaded glass panel you’ll take home with you at the end of the two days. This unique workshop will take place in two historic buildings in Ely, firstly the museum located within the magnificent Ely Cathedral, after which you’ll head to the historic Old Dispensary, opened in 1865 to serve the people of Ely.
Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347


Medieval Treasures of Leicester: Wygston's House Glass
21 Apr. 2021 7pm


Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 (Friends: £4.00)
Location: Online
This illustrated talk will focus on some medieval treasures of Leicester known as Wygston's House Glass, 13 panels of which are on display at the Newarke Houses museum in Leicester, normally open on a daily basis. These unique stained glass panels were made in the late 15th century for a house which is now owned by Leicester City Council and leased to a bar and restaurant. There were 27 glass panels originally, depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary, the medieval catholic liturgy and the seven Acts of Mercy (eg feeding the hungry etc). This is a unique opportunity to find out more about this charming glass and to see those panels that are not normally on display.

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After completing an MA in Local History from Leicester University 15 years ago Erica Statham developed a keen interest in the history of Leicester and Leicestershire, which has in recent years extended to stained glass. Erica lives in a village just outside Leicester where she has an allotment and until relatively recently served as a parish councillor. She is a member of the Leicester Stained Glass Appreciation Society and a Friend of The Stained Glass Museum.
Suitable for ages: All
Contact: events@stainedglassmuseum.com
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***CANCELLED*** Leading and Glazing Workshop
24 Apr. 2021 10:00 - 4:30


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


***CANCELLED*** Glass Painting Workshop
1 May 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
The 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


***CANCELLED*** Screenprinting on Glass Workshop
7 May 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
You 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. You will also make an elegant oak display stand to help display your piece.
Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347


Screenprinting on Glass Workshop
8 May 2021 10:00 - 4:00


Event category: Adult Workshop

Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition
Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB7 4DL
You 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. You will also make an elegant oak display stand to help display your piece.
Suitable for ages: 18+
Contact: 01353 660347


Leading and Glazing Workshop
21 May 2021 10:00 - 4:30


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



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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