External stained glass resources
Here we list feature some of the websites that are useful to the stained glass artist and researcher.
Please also see our page for Historic glass collections & websites
UK stained glass and related sites
- Art Workers Guild – an organisation established in 1884 by a group of British architects associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, and the venue for many BSMGP events.
- Association for the History of Glass – aims to advance knowledge and interest in the study of glass, including stained glass, for all periods of history and in all parts of the world.
- Burrell Collection, Glasgow – has an extensive collection related to Scottish stained glass, art glass and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
- Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass – stained glass in the cathedral image archive
- Church Stained Glass Windows – a database of over 30 000 records of Victorian and later stained glass windows in more than 5000 churches in the South and East of England.
- Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA) – an archive of over 10 000 photographs and information on the stained glass of medieval (and other) periods in England.
- Friends of Friendless Churches – churches saved from demolition, decay and unsympathetic conversion.
- Glasgow Museums Scottish stained glass – a collection of approximately 500 glass windows and panels, plus 4000 designs and full-sized cartoons on paper. It dates broadly from 1850 to 1939. This collection spans both the sacred and the secular – and reflects the revival and popularity of leaded glass design and manufacture in late 19th and early 20th century Glasgow; it also has a few examples of late 20th century Scottish stained glass.
- National Glass Centre, Sunderland – dedicated to promoting glass, including stained glass, in all its uses: in design, technology and art.
- Norfolk Stained Glass – Norfolk is home to a vast array of stained glass, ranging from works of art made by medieval craftsman through to beautiful windows produced in the modern era.
- Online Stained Glass Photographic Archive – Medieval and Renaissance stained glass listed by place, subject and gazetteer and the Bible in stained glass.
- Society of Antiquaries of London – home of the British Society of Master Glass Painters Reference Library.
- Society of Glass Technology – aims to further the study of the history, art, science, design, manufacture, treatment, distribution and use of glass.
- Stained Glass of Buckinghamshire – this website has information and photos of windows in churches and chapels within the historic boundaries of Buckinghamshire.
- Stained Glass Museum at Ely – a collection illustrating the unbroken tradition of stained glass in Britain from the 13th century to the 20th century.
- Stained Glass in Wales – a searchable catalogue of Welsh Stained Glass windows from the 14th century to the present, with over 5000 photographs.
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London – stained glass panels, designs and cartoons in the V&A collection and archives.
- Vidimus – the only on-line magazine devoted to medieval stained glass. Vidimus appears monthly and subscription is free.
- Visit Stained Glass – From early medieval craftsmen to today’s artists, Britain is blessed with some of the greatest examples of the glass painter’s art. On this website, artists, conservators and authors have come together to highlight some of the most inspiring examples.
- The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass – one of the Ancient Livery Companies of the City of London, dating back to 1328, concerned with the art and craft of historic and contemporary stained and decorative glass for buildings.
- William Morris Gallery, London – with stained glass by William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones and artists of the the Arts & Crafts Movement.
International stained glass sites
- American Stained Glass Guild – US society of stained glass artists and conservators.
- Arcove– Spanish conservation and restoration website. In Spanish only.
- Art and History Museum, Brussels – contains European glass dating from antiquity to the end of the 19th century. In French and Flemish only.
- Bourges Cathedral Medieval Stained Glass – this section of the website contains a complete set of photographs of every panel in the 22 early-13th-century stained glass windows from the ambulatory of this French cathedral.
- Centre International du Vitrail – international exhibition centre and permanent stained glass panel collection in Chartres, France.
- Cloisters Museum, New York – a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, focusing on art from the Middle Ages, with online images.
- Corning Museum of Glass, New York – museum dedicated to the art and history of glass.
- CVMA archives: Austria France Germany
- Fundacio Centre del Vidre de Barcelona – a foundation that seeks to raise awareness of glass and foster research and training.
- Getty Museum, Los Angeles – a newly acquired collection of Gothic, Renaissance and silver-stained roundels
- Glasmalerei Museum, Linnich – German stained glass museum, with examples from the middle ages to the present day.
- Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russian museum with an important collection of medieval stained glass and mosaics, some of which can now be viewed online.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art – over 2300 high-resolution images of decorative works of art, including stained glass, which can be viewed free of charge on LACMA’s website.
- Musées National du Moyen Age, Paris – the French National Museum of the Middle Ages, housed in the former Parisian Mansion of the Abbots of Cluny, includes a important collection of stained glass, some of which can be viewed online.
- Museum Schnuetgen, Cologne – contains a large collection of European painted and stained glass.
- Musée Suisse de Vitrail – exhibitions and permanent collection of old and contemporary stained glass. In French only.
- Registry of Stained Glass Windows in Canada –based at York University in Toronto, this is an ongoing listing of buildings and their individual windows.
- Stained Glass Association of America – a non-profit association for stained glass practitioners and enthusiasts founded in 1903.