Glass Circle News
Interior of a crown-glass house, from ‘The crown glass cutter and glazier’s manual’ by William Cooper, Edinburgh: 1835, frontispiece.
(Courtesy of National Library of Scotland)
Next Glass Circle meetings:
Thursday 18th May
see more on our 'meetings' page
New Glass Museum needs your help!
Work is progressing well for the new museum
at the Whitehouse Cone site. The shell of the
building is nearly complete and a lottery bid
is in progress for fitting out the new museum.
It is hoped to have a study centre, archive
and lecture theatre - but this will only happen
if the lottery fund can see a need and use for
it. For this to happen glass enthusiasts need to
show themselves. You can do this by filling in the
questionnaire online at:
As many of you as possible, particularly from overseas, should write to: British Glass Foundation, c/o Hulbert Properties, Peartree Lodge, Hulbert Drive, Dudley DY2 OXW, stating how important the Stourbridge area is to the worldwide history of glass, with workers from Stourbridge taking their skills around the world, particularly to the USA, and how this museum could become a museum of world-class importance for the continuing history of glass, both now and in the future. Also pointing out that the museum already has an unrivalled collection of British 19th and 20th century glass, and the records‚ and archives to go with it.
The Glass Circle was founded in 1937 by a small group of collectors interested in eighteenth century English drinking glasses. The meetings were held in their private houses, often in evening dress. Now things are rather different. The society is larger and international with over 300 members from at least 12 different countries including collectors, museum curators, academics, dealers and auctioneers.
We usually have seven lectures a year, in an historic venue in central London, and one or two visits a year to places of glass interest, at home and abroad. Our publications include a magazine three times a year 'Glass Circle News' of around 24 pages, with news, book reviews, reports of exhibitions and sales and wide-ranging articles. A scholarly journal is published periodically and occasional exhibitions are organised to an international standard. These exhibitions are largely with specimens from members' private collections, accompanied by illustrated catalogues. Indeed, it is our publications which, especially for our overseas members, are the main attraction.
Current members’ interests range from Roman and earlier to contemporary glass; our last exhibition was on British Victorian glass and our lectures have included subjects as diverse as enamelled continental glass, Roman cameo glass, and engraved eighteenth century English glass.
Membership is open to all who are interested in Glass.