The Stained Glass Museum

The Stained Glass Museum The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum dedicated to the art of stained glass in the UK. A specialist library is available to researchers by appointment.

The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to displaying and interpreting the art of stained glass to the public. The Stained Glass Museum is an independent museum and registered charity (no. 1169842) in the UK. The museum was founded in 1972 initially to rescue windows from redundant churches. The Museum first opened to the public in the north triforium of Ely Cathedral in 19

79. In 1997 an Appeal was set up to rebuild the Museum in the south triforium of Ely Cathedral. Our collection spans an enormous chronological range, showing the development of stained glass from the 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.

Calling all students and recent graduates interested in stained glass art!Applications are now open for student places o...
06/01/2024

Calling all students and recent graduates interested in stained glass art!

Applications are now open for student places on our 2024 Study Tour to Dublin, Ireland, taking place 14-17 April 2024.

Deadline is Mon 5 Feb, midday. More info here:
https://stainedglassmuseum.com/toursandlectures


Image credit: detail of The Song of the Max Prince (1917) by Harry Clarke in the collection of National Gallery of Ireland Dublin

🥁 On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-...
05/01/2024

🥁 On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree! Sounds like quite the menagerie of birds and house guests! 🥁

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

This small panel panel of a drummer forms part of panel made up of thirteen seventeenth century roundels of Dutch musicians from the Neave Collection. The panel includes a dedication to the previous owner, Sir Thomas Neave. He was the 2nd Baron of the Neave Baronetcy, of Dagnam Park in Essex, which was created on 13 May 1795 for Richard Neave, Governor of the Bank of England from 1783 to 1785.

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:L2009.9

🎺 On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, eleven pipers piping 🎺The 12 days of Christmas is the perio...
04/01/2024

🎺 On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, eleven pipers piping 🎺

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

This delicately painted angel is playing an ancient Greek musical instrument called an aulos. You can tell from the position of the hands, one of which is placed higher and the other lower, that each pipe is producing a different note. The simultaneous sound from each pipe can either produce a harmony, or one pipe can play the melody while the other plays an accompanying 'drone' like a bagpipe.

The panel, from 1865, was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. It was originally made for Christ Church in Bishopwearmouth in Tyne and Wear.

You can find out more about the window The Stained Glass Museum our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2007.2.1

🏃‍♂️ On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, ten lords a-leaping 🏃‍♂️The 12 days of Christmas is the per...
03/01/2024

🏃‍♂️ On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, ten lords a-leaping 🏃‍♂️

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

This musician is unlikely to be a Lord himself, but he is certainly enjoying a jig here! This small panel forms part of panel made up of thirteen seventeenth century roundels of Dutch musicians from the Neave Collection. The panel includes a dedication to the previous owner, Sir Thomas Neave. He was the 2nd Baron of the Neave Baronetcy, of Dagnam Park in Essex, which was created on 13 May 1795 for Richard Neave, Governor of the Bank of England from 1783 to 1785.

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:L2009.9

💃 On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, nine ladies dancing 💃The 12 days of Christmas is the period in...
02/01/2024

💃 On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, nine ladies dancing 💃

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

This pair are also real favourites amongst our visitors, and were made by artist Thomas Cowell for his family home in Surbiton, Surrey in the 1920s. Cowell was the principle glass painter the London stained glass firm, Whitefriars Glassworks on Tudor Street, London.

These windows, originally the bathroom window at the Cowell family home, feature blue acid-etched roundel set in diamond quarries with small coloured pieces set in interstices and also feature waves at bottom of window and coloured clouds at top. They were made using small off-cuts of slab glass, they celebrate the lively and sparkling qualities of the material.

The figure in Cowell's window is inspired by Isadora Duncan, a famous American dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Many artists used Duncan's image as the inspiration for their works of art in sculpture, paintings and glass. Duncan is known as the 'Mother of Dance' as her adopted daughters went on to found dance studios which honoured their mother's work, art and style as they taught the next generation of dancers. Sadly Isadora Duncan was killed in 1927, around the time these windows would have been made.

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1993.5.1

🐄 On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, eight maids a-milking 🐄The 12 days of Christmas is the period...
01/01/2024

🐄 On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, eight maids a-milking 🐄

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

Unfortunately we couldn't find a panel within our collection here at the museum depicting a maid milking, but this panel does feature a cow with her calf - the source of the milk! This panel is a recent 2021 acquisition at the museum and is from a window featuring a variety of animals.

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2021.3

🦢 On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, seven swans a-swimming 🦢The 12 days of Christmas is the peri...
31/12/2023

🦢 On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, seven swans a-swimming 🦢

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

Whilst we couldn't find seven swans within our collection here aThe Stained Glass Museum, we do have this design for a window by the artist Caroline Townshend featuring a single swan! The design depicts Moses, who wears a halo and a long beard, standing on a chequered floor. Moses in holding two stone tablets, which held the Ten Commandments. In the predella panel is a swan with outstretched wings.

You can find out more about the window on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1980.5.2

🪿 On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, six geese a-laying 🪿The 12 days of Christmas is the period in ...
30/12/2023

🪿 On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, six geese a-laying 🪿

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

This 15th Century window, originally from the Church of the Holy Cross in Byfield, Northamptonshire, features a congregation of geese. The geese are being preached to by Reynard the Fox. Reynard is an anthropomorphic red fox, trickster figure. His adventures usually involve his deceiving others for his own advantage and is from a literary cycle of medieval allegorical fables. Reynard lulls the geese into a false sense of security until he can grab them - if you look closely you'll see he has one goose by the throat and has another in his hood!

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:L1990.7.2

💍 On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, five gold rings 💍The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Chr...
29/12/2023

💍 On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, five gold rings 💍

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

In this lancet window made by Hugh Arnold in 1910, we see Queen Victoria wearing a gold ring. During her reign, 1837-1901, stained glass enjoyed unprecedented popularity and creativity and underwent a technical and artistic transformation.

Hugh Arnold attended the Slade School of Art in the 1890s and subsequently the Central School of Art. Here he became the pupil of Christopher Whall, from whom he absorbed the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement. The author of an influential study of medieval glass, Stained Glass of the Middle Ages in England and France (1913) Arnold was killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1989.5

🦜 On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, four calling birds 🦜The 12 days of Christmas is the period in...
28/12/2023

🦜 On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, four calling birds 🦜

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

This 15th century bird is carrying a rosary in its mouth so may struggle to call, though it is certainly devout! Medieval quarries, such as this one, were the simplest form of stained glass, using only glass-paint and a little silver stain. The border has been added later and is formed of several small medieval fragments.

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1997.3

🐥 On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, three French hens 🐥The 12 days of Christmas is the period in C...
27/12/2023

🐥 On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, three French hens 🐥

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

Whilst these hens are more likely to be German than French, visitors do love this panel, Evening, which was made in 1933 by the artist Ervin Bossanyi. This piece is a replica of a panel, with some details changed, of a window made for the Friedrich-Ebert-Schule in Utersen, Germany. When the N***s rose to power in Germany Bossanyi emigrated to England taking these replica panels with him as an example of his work.

Bossanyi is perhaps best known for his work in stained glass, which can be seen across the world with most notably windows in Canterbury and Washington Cathedrals, the New West End Synagogue, and the Tate Gallery in London

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1976.6

🕊 On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me two turtle doves 🕊The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Ch...
26/12/2023

🕊 On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me two turtle doves 🕊

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

This piece, which forms part of a large rose window was made in 1965 by the artist Alan Younger. Younger lived nearby and designed this stained glass to fill the wheel window at the east end of the church, over the altar. The museum has five of the 8 roundels and this central quatrefoil from the window.

The church was originally built as a Congregational church in 1863, and in 1939 became St Luke's Spiritualist Church until it was bought by the Church of England in 1950 to replace the Anglican church bombed in the war. The church was re-consecrated to St Paul on 24 January 1965.

You can find out more about the window on The Stained Glass Museum website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2008.14

🍐On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, partridge in a pear tree 🍐The 12 days of Christmas is the perio...
25/12/2023

🍐On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, partridge in a pear tree 🍐

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 and runs through until Epiphany on the 6th January. The original twelve days of Christmas were a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic religion in medieval and Tudor England.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are not any windows featuring partridges in the collection here at The Stained Glass Museum, but we did spot some tasty pears on this Purim window made in 1954 by David Hillman. The window was made for the old Bayswater Synagogue, which was closed in 1963 to make way for the Harrow Road flyover and much of the glass was relocated. Purim is a Jewish festival in March, where alongside listening to the story of Esther, Jewish people enjoy a festive meal, many of the foods typically consumed are shown in this window, as well as completing charitable acts and giving donations.

You can find out more about the window on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2007.1

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24/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

The final piece of this years is this piece depicting horses. The panel is a modern reproduction of a popular medieval stained glass panel which can still be seen today in the north choir aisle of Canterbury Cathedral and is part of a 'Biblia Pauperum', or Pauper's Bible, window which dates from the twelfth century.

The window was intended to illustrate subjects from the Bible for those who could not read, and to enhance the biblical understanding of those who could read
Benjamin Finn (b. 1964) has faithfully reproduced the medieval painted detail and expressive gestures of the three kings on their way to Bethlehem.

Originally a student of marine biology, Benjamin studied for a post-graduate diploma in stained glass at Central School of Art and Design. He was awarded the Caroline Swash Fellowship and remained there for a extra year to continue studying and teaching. His work is noted for the fine painting techniques and his use of many different types of lettering, along with a strongly individual colour sense. Benjamin has work in many churches among which are the Millennium Window in The Gary Weston Library at Southwark Cathedral and The Archdeaconry of Harlow Seal in Chelmsford Cathedral.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2000.3

From all at The Stained Glass Museum, we wish you a merry Christmas!

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23/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

Todays post includes another cartoon, a type of preparatory design for a stained glass window, featuring 10 exotic and colourful birds. The design, which has not been traced, was signed by Leonard Walker.

Leonard Walker began to work in stained glass in the 1890s, using bold designs and a very limited amount of paint to convey form. He relied heavily on the texture and colour of the glass itself, much of which was manufactured especially for him.

Painter, draughtsman, stained glass artist and teacher, he was born in Ealing in 1879, and was educated at Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire. He also studied at St John's Wood School of Art, London, where he later taught there, eventually becoming principal. He was elected member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1913 and of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in 1915. In 1928 he even became an Olympian when his work was part of the painting event in the art competition at the Amsterdam Summer Olympics. Later in life, he was assisted by others in his work, and work by him was executed by Powell & Sons in Whitefriars, London

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2012.1.10

A reminder of our Christmas Opening Hours:Drop in on Saturday 23 December, 10am-4pm - for your last opportunity to pick ...
22/12/2023

A reminder of our Christmas Opening Hours:

Drop in on Saturday 23 December, 10am-4pm - for your last opportunity to pick up glass-inspired Christmas gifts or stocking fillers from our museum shop.

After Christmas the museum will reopen on Wednesday 27 December so bring the family to stave off those post-Christmas blues!

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22/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

This panel which features a fox and several geese was designed and made by Clement James Heaton between about 1845-1855. It was originally located in the entrance hall of Eaton Hall, Chester which was demolished 1961. The panel depicts the anthropomorphic red fox, Reynard the Fox, a trickster from literary fables that were popular in the medieval period. The character may have its origins in Aesop

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1996.3

An exciting opportunity for emerging stained glass artists 👇
21/12/2023

An exciting opportunity for emerging stained glass artists 👇

Calling All Emerging Stained Glass Artists!

We are excited to announce a competition to design and make a stained glass window for the RAF Club in London’s Piccadilly. We need expressions of interest from emerging artists of any age by 12 January 2024.

From the entrants we will select up to four artists to visit the site and produce a design with an award of £300. The selected artists will be paired with an experienced mentor to help guide them through the process.

All entrants must be paid up members of the British Society of Master Glass Painters and you can join here. Don’t delay and join before January to guarantee the current membership of £45 per year!
Details here:

https://www.bsmgp.org.uk/news/calling-all-emerging-stained-glass-artists/

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21/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

This panel depicting a bird was made between 1850-60 and was originally from Hall, near Barnstaple. You can find out more about this historic estate on their website: www.hallestate.co.uk

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, stamped quarries were made by pressing or rolling soft glass into patterned moulds, producing designs of stylised flowers or leaves, or copies of medieval bird quarries. Glass-painting pigment and yellow stain were then applied to the indented pattern, and the glass was fired in the conventional manner. Once very common, this type of glazing is becoming rare.

The panel depicts a stork preening its tail feathers and was made by the studio of James Powell and Sons.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1997.5

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20/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

Today's panel, featuring a cow and its calf, is a recent 2021 acquisition at the museum and is from a window featuring a variety of animals. The panel is made of two pieces each containing 5 painted scenes of animals, which include dogs, deer, cows, foxes, a boar, a donkey and horses

You can find out more about this panel, which was previously in a private home, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2021.3

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19/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

Todays panel is actually a cartoon, a type of preparatory design for a stained glass window was donated to the museum in 1980, following the windows installation in 1976 in St Bartholomew's Church in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire. It depicts many beautiful birds and owls

This memorial window is dedicated to Peter Fleming (1907-71) who was a 'writer, traveller and solider' having served with the Grenadier Guards during World War II. He was also the elder brother of James Bond author, Ian Fleming

A cartoon is a full scale design of the window with all the information, including colours and lead size that enable the window to be made. John Piper’s designs were frequently translated into stained glass windows by his collaborator Patrick Reyntiens.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1980.18

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18/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

The panel today features not one, but three animals - the lion, the lioness and the lamb. The panel, Christ the Good Shepherd, was made in 1890 by Heaton, Butler and Bayne. It depicts Christ with a lamb on his left shoulder, with a lion in a rocky landscape with foliage and bushes depicted above.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1979.3.2b

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17/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

The animal for today is this cheery yellow duck in Peter Young's 1992 panel 'Sure enough the duck'. The artist, Peter Young (b. 1962) intended this whimsical piece to be 'magical, compassionate and daft'. Young was born and studied in Ireland and much of his work explores playful narratives.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1992.5

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16/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

Todays animal, the bat, can be spotted in the top of a large three light window depicting Christ the Good Shepherd. The outer lights, where the bat can be spotted in the top left depict the three Maries at the tomb.

The window was made in 1890 and was made by the studio of Heaton, Butler and Bayne, a company formed in 1862 and had an enormous output of stained glass windows across the world until they closed in 1953

They established their studio in Covent Garden, London, and went on to become one of the leading firms of Gothic Revival stained glass manufacturers, whose work was commissioned by the principal Victorian architects. During a long career, the firm produced stained glass for numerous churches throughout the Britain and across the world. You can find several Heaton, Butler & Bayne pieces in the collection at The Stained Glass Museum!

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1979.3.1

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15/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

Todays panel features a fox, and like yesterday the panel has been on loan to the museum since the 1990s, though was originally located at the Church of the Holy Cross in Byfield, Northamptonshire. The church finds it orgins in the 14th century but was later restored in the late 19th Century.

The fox in the panel is Reynard the Fox, and is shown wearing clerical attire, preaching to a congregation of geese from his pulpit. He lulls them into a false sense of security until he can grab them. He has one goose by the throat and has another in his hood. Foxes in general have the reputation of tricksters in traditional European folklore. The character of Reynard is thought to have originated in Lorraine folklore, from where it spread to France, Germany, and the Low Countries. From the twelfth and thirteenth centuries there are over 25 different tales of Reynard the Fox, though many more do not survive.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2013.18.30

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14/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

A deer is featured in this 15th Century 'The Hind' panel by an unknown English artist. The panel has been on loan to the museum since the 1990s, though was originally located at the Church of the Holy Cross in Byfield, Northamptonshire. The church finds it orgins in the 14th century but was later restored in the late 19th Century. The roundel is painted and stained on clear greenish glass and depicts the hind is sitting on a grassy mound decorated with flowers and tufts of foliage in stickwork.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:L1990.7.1

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13/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

Todays animal are these fishes which feature in this 'Underwater Scene' from 1950 and made by the artist Daphne Russell. Russell was an assistant to Moira Forsyth at the purpose-built co-operative stained glass studio known as The Glass House, Fulham and is thought to have formed part of the door to her studio. It was removed upon the closure of the studio in the 1990s

This underwater scene is an effective use of flashed glass and acid-etching. The small panel is plated in two layers of glass, which adds depth.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:1991.6

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12/12/2023

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Throughout this month of advent, we'll share an animal inspired piece from our collection here at The Stained Glass Museum

Today we are sharing this owl which is featured on a panel in the museums stored collection. This domestic panel features many different animals including squares including fish, turtles, cats and owls as well as fleur de lis, ornamental crosses and inscriptions. It came to the museum from the workshop of F. R. Leach and sons, a local Cambridgeshire stained glass studio.

Leach emerged as a nationally known artist-craftsman in 1866, when he worked with Bodley and Kempe on the decoration of St John the Baptist's church at Tuebrook in Liverpool and with William Morris on the ceiling decorations of the chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge amongst many others.

You can find out more about this panel, and others in our collection on our website here: https://stainedglassmuseum.com/object/ELYGM:2013.18.30

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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.

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