Events at the Stained Glass Museum

Stained Glass in Essex Churches – Tour

Tuesday 30 June 2015, 9.30am – 6.00pm
Clavering, Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Newport

Fig. 1. Newport, St Mary’s Church, window nIX, St Catherine.

Fig. 1. Newport, St Mary’s Church, nIX, St Catherine.

This group of relatively unknown churches includes 15th-century stained glass at Clavering (restored by Lowndes and Drury in the 1920s), 17th-century glass by Baptista Sutton at Little Easton, and a variety of Arts and Crafts stained glass at Great Dunmow. The group will travel by coach and be guided by Christopher Parkinson and Jasmine Allen.

A coach will depart Ely at 9.30am and return by 6pm. Those travelling by rail from the south/London can join at St Mary’s Church, Newport, for 10.45am. Newport is an hour by train from London’s Liverpool Street Station, and it is just a ten-minute walk to Newport Church from the station. The coach will also make a drop-off at Newport at the end of the day for 5pm.

Cost: £30 per person, including coach travel and tea. A lunch break will be at Saffron Walden, where members of the group may buy lunch or eat a packed lunch.

Book online at the museum’s website.

For further information, or to book in person, please contact 01353 660347 or email

Capturing Magic – The Making of Stained Glass

The Stained Glass Museum has recently completed an educational video on stained glass in partnership with the Stained Glass Centre, York. The eight-minute long film shows the materials and methods used for making stained glass from medieval times to the present day. Footage for the film was shot on location in Ely Cathedral, The Stained Glass Museum in Ely, York Minster, York Glaziers Trust, the Salisbury Stained Glass Studio, and the workshops of English Antique Glass in Wolverhampton. It reveals the ancient processes of glass-blowing and lead casting, as well as the traditional glass-painting and leading techniques used to make stained-glass windows.

The project was begun in 2008 as a collaboration between The Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral and Anglia Ruskin University, under the expertise of Laurence Vulliamy, FRSA (television producer, director and series producer), and Dennis Borrow (a distinguished film and television lighting cameraman). It was funded by the Barbara Whatmore Trust, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, and Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire. The editing of the footage was completed in March 2015 by Historyworks, Inc. under the guidance of the two partnership institutions The Stained Glass Museum, Ely, and The Stained Glass Centre, York.

The video can currently be viewed on the museum’s website and will be available for visitors to watch in the museum gallery later this year.

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