As part of the historic cityscape, the Centre collaborates with the Micklegate Quarter, City of York Council and members of the local community to provide a community space for education and events. In December 2013, the Centre received Heritage Lottery Funding for a project called ‘Mobilising our Supporters, Empowering our Friends’, enabling us to launch a new Friends organisation and develop an extended programme of activities, once again making this ancient building accessible to the community after many decades of closure.


The Centre works closely with the University of York, a centre for excellence in the study of stained glass and its conservation, and is developing collaborative links with other Yorkshire universities, colleges and learning institutions.

Craftsmanship and Conservation

In addition to the flourishing community of artists in glass currently practising in the region, the Centre has strong connections to the York Art Workers’ Association, York Glaziers’ Trust and the Minster, Barley Studio, the Worshipful Company of Glaziers’ and Painters of Glass and those who care for the many Yorkshire churches and other buildings containing matchless glass and examples of fine craftsmanship.