The Stained Glass Museum
It’s fascinating to see stained glass up close. Some 800 years of stained-glass history are illustrated in this unique museum inside Ely Cathedral, displaying over 100 panels of original windows rescued from Britain and abroad. The medieval section includes important loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. There are also exhibits from Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, work by William Morris and John Piper, and changing exhibitions of contemporary work are held throughout the year.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Access limited wheelchair users, museum located upper level of cathedral, access via spiral staircase with 40 steps
- Facilities: Touch screen virtual tour & interactive displays ground floor
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Sat 10.30-5, Sun 12-4.30; Closed Good Fri & 25-26 Dec
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About the area
To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.
Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.
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