Stained Glass Appeal.

The story of the panels

The stained glass panels were designed by William Bell Scott (1811-1890) and were originally installed in about 1870. Around one hundred years ago they were removed, reflecting changing tastes, and were replaced with the clear glass similar to that we see in the windows today. The panels have recently been the subject of new study and we need your help to bring them back to their former glory.

There are 24 panels of stained glass which are divided into four windows, two on either side of the lecture theatre. The technique used by Bell Scott creates the effect of pen-and-ink drawings, or etchings, and the panels feature stories from classical mythology as well as the lives of the Renaissance architects and painters Raphael (1483-1520) and Giotto (1266/7-1337). The panels are now considered important historical features of the Museum.