Our history dates back to 1328 and our Royal Charter was originally granted by Charles l in 1638. Being dedicated to the preservation of stained glass and the skills necessary to produce this beautiful art form, our members range from highly skilled crafts people to those who simply enjoy an involvement in our worthy and important cause. We offer both individual and corporate membership packages with great benefits including opportunities to participate in events such as lectures and cultural events.

Competitons & Awards

One of the Company’s priority activities is encouraging undergraduates and young artists to develop their careers in architectural glass design, historic glass conservation and excellence in craftsmanship.

Stevens Competition

Every year the Company organises the Stevens Competition for Architectural Glass Design. This is the only national competition of its kind and attracts entries from students and young artists from all over the country. Entries are assessed by a distinguished panel of practising craftsmen. In recent years the competition has attracted several sponsors who have commissioned work of their choice from among the prize-winning entries. Sponsored commissions have launched the careers of several talented young glass artists.

Work Placement Awards

The 40-week Award for Excellence and the 10-week Ashton Hill Awards offer opportunities for those wishing to develop their skills towards a practical career in stained glass. They provide, and help to fund, placements in working studios where the Award recipients undertake mentored work experience on actual projects under the supervision, guidance and tuition of experienced professionals.

Travelling Scholarship

The Arthur and Helen Davis Travelling Scholarship gives the winner the opportunity to develop their study and knowledge of glass through travel. Recent winners have visited the USA, France, Germany, Iceland and the Czech Republic. It is offered in alternate years.

Continuing Professional Development Awards

Short duration Continuing Professional Development Awards help practitioners with at least five years’ working experience to broaden their professional skills, whether by moving towards the attainment of accredited status as conservators, or by developing their creative skills. These Awards are particularly aimed at professionals unable to leave their work for long periods. They can enable attendance at master classes or conferences.

Please use the navigation bar to access further information and the application forms for our awards and competitions.