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Stained Glass Museum – Museum Trips for Schools


The Stained Glass Museum offers unique and inspirational learning experiences that enhance and extend learning for students of all ages and abilities.

The Stained Glass Museum is pleased to be part of the new LCEP for East Cambs – East Cambridgeshire Cultural Education Partnership.
For schools, our workshops provide meaningful opportunities to explore the National Curriculum through active, out-of-classroom activities inspired by a truly unique museum collection.


We recognise that learning takes many forms and are delighted to welcome home education and other organised groups to the Museum. Many of our activities can be adapted to cater for a wide range of age groups and experience.

NEW Arts Award Discover in a Day

Pupils will explore the science of glass and colour in this hands-on workshop. Pupils will learn about the visible light spectrum and key terminology such as absorption, reflection and transmission in the context of our collection. They will discover how stained glass is made, and create their own fused glass artworks in response to one of our panels.

Full day experience
£15 per pupil (minimum charge £150)

Discover Stained Glass

Guided by Theophilus the monk, pupils will explore the traditional art and craft of stained glass. This is a creative visual literacy session that can be themed to suit a variety of curriculum topics and interests. Pupils will learn how to ‘read’ stained glass windows, before creating their own souvenir artwork.
Duration and pricing dependent on creative activity chosen, please contact us for more information.


These activities can be adapted to suit a wide range of ages and abilities. Sessions can also be enhanced and extended in length and complexity for more advanced learners. Please contact the Learning Officer directly if you would like to discuss any of these activities in more detail.


In this workshop pupils will be able to decorate a pre-printed acrylic suncatcher to display in a window at home or at school. This session is most suitable for EYFS and KS1.
30 minutes
£2 per pupil (minimum charge £30)

Glass Painting

Pupils will have time to explore the Museum and collect details and motifs from the panels on display. They will then be supported to turn these into a design for a final piece, which they will transfer onto either acrylic or glass using paints and pens. This session is suitable for KS1 and beyond.
1 hour and 30 minutes
£3.50 per pupil if painting onto acrylic; £4.50 per pupil if painting onto glass (minimum charge £35)

Glass Fusing

Pupils will learn how to cut glass and then apply this skill to producing their own fused glass artwork. Pupils will work with flat glass, frit (ground glass), noodles, and stringers, which can be layered to produce a range of visual effects. Glass will be kiln-fired and available for collection approximately one week after your visit. This session is most suitable for KS2 and beyond, but can be adapted to accommodate KS1 learners.
2 hours
£10 per pupil (minimum charge £100)


We kindly request that groups book in advance, even if conducting a self-guided visit.

Location and Travel

The Museum is located in Ely Cathedral. It is accessed by a stone spiral staircase (40 stairs). For those unable to access the Museum, a touchscreen virtual tour is available on the ground floor.

There are coach drop-off bays directly outside the main doors of the Cathedral (CB7 4DL). Further bays and long term coach parking are available in Barton Road Car Park (CB7 4DX) which is only a 5 minute walk from the Cathedral.

Adult Supervision

We recommend the following ratio of adults to children:

1:6 for children of seven years and under
1:10 for children of eight years and above

In line with national guidelines, we reserve the right to refuse entry when the level of adult supervision falls short of a ratio of 1:15.


Toilet and lunch facilities are shared with Ely Cathedral.

Groups are very welcome to visit our shop, please request this at the point of booking. You can also pre-order ready-assembled souvenir goody bags, please ask for more information when you book.

Group Cancellation Policy

For cancellations made more than 28 days in advance there will be no charge.

For cancellations made between 7 and 28 days in advance there will be a 50% charge, or one free date change.

For cancellations made less than 7 days in advance 100% of the booked activity will be charged, or we will allow one free date change.

If a date change has already been requested we cannot offer a refund on any subsequent cancellation and the full amount will be charged.

Please bear in mind that The Stained Glass Museum is a registered charity (No.1169842) and in order to operate successfully it is important that we adhere to this policy.

Under rare or exceptional circumstances the Museum may have to cancel a booking. If a cancellation is necessary, we will do our utmost to contact you as soon as possible. You will be offered the option to transfer the booking to an alternative date/workshop, or to cancel your booking without charge.

Please note that The Stained Glass Museum cannot take responsibility for travel or other costs.

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