The Glass Circle - a society for the information, appreciation and understanding of ancient, antique, modern and contemporary glass.

Welcome to the Glass Circle

Celebrating over 70 years of appreciation of glass

Hon. President: Simon Cottle - Hon. Vice Presidents: Dwight Lanmon, Paul Perrot


Items of Interest


Glass Circle News

Issue 143


(Image: private collection)



Next Glass Circle meeting in 2017:


Thursday 12th October

John P. Smith

Country House Lighting  in the 19th Century

see more on our 'meetings' page





Raising funds for the new White House Cone Museum of Glass's internal fit out.



New Glass Museum needs your help!

To make a contribution to the expense of fitting out the new museum's space, and for more information, go to:


News: British Glass Foundation

and the new West Midlands Glass Museum

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.

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