Those of you who have read some of my other reviews of things to do may have noted I am very keen on good stained glass. I was very pleased, therefore, to find the stained glass museum nestled on an upper floor at Ely Cathedral. Quite small, it nevertheless packs in loads of examples and replicas of stained glass, mainly in Britain, through the years. It starts with ancient glasses, mainly religious, and progresses all the way through to the abstract work of the last few years.
In particular it notes the Scottish embrace of Art Nouveau glass by people such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the dabblings in the field by William Morris, and the proliferation after each of the World Wars of memorial windows for churches and public buildings. It has a discovery pack for children, and also has a light box for them to build their own stained glass windows – plus it is free for them to visit. There is also a small shop selling bits of tat and souvenirs.
In short, if you like stained glass, then this is a must. Though quite small, it is full of information and beautiful artwork, and I think reasonably priced at £4.50 (50p off if you buy a combined ticket with the Cathedral). I spent more time here than in the Main body of the Cathedral itself. Photography is allowed for non-commercial purposes, as long as you disable your camera flash.
Worth noting that disabled access seems to be limited; 2 ladies ahead of me decided against visiting due to the steep and uneven staircase. It is open on Monday to Saturday from 10:30-17.00 and on Sundays from 12:00-16.30.
Address: South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB74DL