The Stained Glass Museum
Highlights from the Collection
- Beautifully illustrated with new photography
- Spans a wide variety of examples – from secular buildings as well as religious ones, and from as far afield as Europe and America
- Offers a unique opportunity to compare and contrast a range of stained glass styles, and see how the technique developed
Located in the magnificent setting of the south triforium of Ely Cathedral, the Stained Glass Museum is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to the ancient art and craft of stained glass, which has been practised in Britain for almost 1,500 years. Once almost solely confined to church buildings and manor houses whose patrons could afford luxurious coloured glass windows, from the 19th century stained glass also became popular in secular buildings. In recent times it has been used to enliven and form part of the main structure of corporate buildings, hotels, community and shopping centres.
The Stained Glass Museum has given new life to hundreds of windows removed from redundant buildings across the British Isles, since its foundation in 1972. This guide describes and illustrates highlights from the Museum’s growing collection of over 1,000 stained glass panels and windows, from the 13th century through to the present day, as well as associated designs, sketches, cartoons and tools.
Dr Jasmine Allen is Curator of The Stained Glass Museum. She completed her PhD at the University of York and has published several articles on Stained Glass. Jasmine is a board member of the Glaziers Trust, the charitable arm of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, and an advisor to the London Stained Glass Repository.