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

Showing events in February 2021

'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

***CANCELLED*** Leading and Glazing Workshop
13 Feb. 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

Twilight at Home
15 Feb. 2021 - 20 Feb. 2021

Event category: Family Activity

Price: FreeFebruary half-term usually sees museums across the the county getting ready for Twilight at the Museums. This year, although museums are not able to welcome you in person, we will still be offering some Twilight-themed fun and creativity with a range of 'at home' activities. Whether it's getting outside and trying your hand at a bit of stargazing, or staying warm and having a go making shadow puppets, we'll have plenty for you to watch and do.

The Twilight at Home programme launches on 15 February. Twilight at the Museums is organised by University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and is one of the biggest family events of the museum calendar.

Suitable for ages: All

The Stained Glass of Douglas Hamilton - Online talk (webinar)
24 Feb. 2021 7pm

Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee (Friends: £4.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee)
Location: Online
This talk will give an insight into the life and work of Glasgow stained glass artist Douglas Hamilton (1895-1959), setting his importance in the wider context of 20th century Scottish stained glass. Hamilton trained with Alf Webster and the Stephen Adam Studio in Glasgow, and spent some time at the studio of Guthrie & Wells before setting up his own studio in the city from 1938 until his death in 1959. Whilst looking at his work in general, within the development of stained glass in Scotland we will pay particular attention to his war memorial windows and depictions of everyday life.

Book Tickets

Jeff Hopewell is a priest in the Church of England, now retired. He has long been interested in church buildings and furnishings, with a particular bent towards stained glass. His first book on the subject, ‘Orchestrations of colour’, on the life and work of Douglas Hamilton, was published last year. He is currently researching the work of the Victorian firm of the Horwood Brothers, Frome. However, he also has a certain knowledge of Japanese woodblock prints and can modestly claim to be a world expert on ganjifa, the traditional hand-painted playing cards of India.
Suitable for ages: All

***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

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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