The Stained Glass Museum was founded in 1972 as a project to rescue windows from redundant churches. After being offered space by the Dean & Chapter of Ely Cathedral, the Museum was opened to the public in the north triforium of Ely Cathedral in 1979. In 1997 an anniversary Appeal was set up to relocate the Museum to the south triforium of Ely Cathedral. The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to displaying and interpreting the art of stained glass to the public, and one of a handful of such museums in the world.
Our collection spans an enormous chronological range, showing the development of stained glass from the early-thirteenth to the twenty-first century. The Museum also has a growing collection of tools, and stained glass designs and cartoons related to the design and making of stained glass windows. A specialist library is available to researchers by appointment.
As part of its mission to inspire, educate and encourage interest in the unique art of stained glass, the museum has a diverse programme of events, including talks and tours, as well as specialist workshops for all ages.