The Stained Glass Museum is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has agreed to extend his role as Patron of The Stained Glass Museum for a further two years from May 2020.
His Royal Highness first became Patron of The Stained Glass Museum in 2008 during a major appeal when the museum relocated from the north to the south triforium within Ely
Cathedral. He has since renewed his Patronage several times and visited The Stained Glass Museum in November 2018 to celebrate its 40th anniversary of opening to the
public. It was a very memorable day for both the museum and the city of Ely.
The Museum’s Director and Curator Dr Jasmine Allen says ‘We are delighted that His Royal Highness, heir to the throne, has decided to extend his Patronage of The Stained Glass Museum for a further term. The news is most welcome during these difficult times whilst the museum remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are determined to weather this storm and welcome visitors once again when it is safe to do so.’
The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum dedicated to the art of stained glass in the UK. Housed in the south triforium of Ely Cathedral, the museum is home to an internationally significant collection of windows spanning eight centuries, illustrating the development of the art from the medieval period to the present day. Alongside its collection the museum hosts a range of events, creative workshops and a learning programme for schools and other educational groups.
Due to the current pandemic the museum closed to the public on 18th March and expects to lose thousands of pounds of expected income this year. Income derived from visitors –
through admissions, shop sales, events and workshops – accounts for 80 – 90% of the museum’s total income each year.
Press release from The Stained Glass Museum