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Glass Circle Diary Dates - Meetings



Glass Circle lecture season 2017


More details will follow for our meetings in April and May 2017 -

(Summary below)



Thursday 16th March 2017

Jill Turnbull:

'From Goblets to Gaslights, the rise and decline of the Scottish Glass Industry'

  After several decades when no table glass was made in Scotland, the establishment of the Verreville glassworks in 1777 began a revival which lasted until Edinburgh Crystal closed in 2006. The archival material available is patchy but, using a wide range of primary material, the history of the factories making table and other domestic glass can be told. For some, like the glassworks at Greenock, there are no known examples, for others, such as the Holyrood Flint Glass Works in Edinburgh, numerous design drawings and actual examples are available, including a pattern book now in America. Price lists, bills, catalogues and advertisements are other sources of product information while legal documents, newspaper reports and government enquiries provide insights into working practices and the difficulties faced by both workers and owners. Unless it is marked – or decorated with a thistle – very little Scottish glass would be recognised, so one aim of the book on which this talk is based is to encourage collectors to sometimes think ‘Or maybe Scottish’ when they attribute a glass to Stourbridge!


  Jill Turnbull acquired an interest in glass – and in research – while studying as a mature student for a degree in the History of Design and the Visual Arts at Stoke on Trent Polytechnic in 1989. In 1999 she obtained a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh and her thesis, ‘The Scottish Glass Industry, 1610-1750’ was published in 2001. Since then she has written numerous articles and her book ‘From Goblets to Gaslights, the Scottish glass industry 1750-2006’ will be published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, including a CD of the Holyrood pattern book.




April and May Meetings:

Thursday 13th April:

Mike Noble: 'The Invention of Flint Glass and other Patents'


Thursday 18th May:

Anne Moran: 'Irish Glass'

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


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.

(Please give the meeting date, your name, email address and phone number.)

Next meetings in 2017: 16th March, 13th April, 18th May

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