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Glass Circle Diary Dates - Meetings



Glass Circle lecture season 2018



Next meeting : 7.15pm Thursday 24th May 2018

(Lecture Meeting Place: The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Refreshments from 6.30pm)

James Peake:

Glass beads in early Anglo-Saxon England: Production and Origins

 Our understanding of the production of glass artefacts in early medieval England between the 5th and 7th centuries is limited. Scientific analysis of a large number of glass beads excavated from the early Anglo-Saxon cemetery complex at RAF Lakenheath (Eriswell), Suffolk, has provided new insights into the ways in which glass was procured and used in early medieval beadmaking. The results have revealed a number of distinct types of glass produced in the ‘Roman’ glassmaking tradition, which are likely to have their origins in the Near East. Here, large quantities of glass were mass-produced from raw materials by glassmaking institutions situated along the Levantine coast. The results suggest that many of the beads recovered from Anglo-Saxon graves were produced locally using a supply of recycled Roman glass, which was remelted and coloured. However, a large number of beads also appear to have been produced using a supply of freshly produced glass imported from the Near East. Through this, it has been possible to shed light on which glass artefacts are likely to have been made in England, and which are likely to have been imported.

 Jim Peake is the Ceramics & Glass specialist at Chiswick Auctions in West London.

 He trained in Conservation at Cardiff University, before completing a PhD in Archaeological Science in 2013 funded jointly by the Ministry of Defence and the United States Armed Forces. This talk summarises the results of his doctoral research.








Members are reminded to advise our meetings organiser Anne Lutyens-Stobbs, in advance, of their intention to attend. Please e-mail or call

07931 516283 or 01245 604518


Lecture Meetings - members of Glass Circle and Glass Association £10 per meeting attended and £15.00 for each guest. (The annual general meeting in the autumn is not subject to an entry charge)

If you are not a member and would like to attend a meeting please e-mail for further information.

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