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

Welcome to the Glass Society and Glass Circle

Celebrating 80 years of appreciation of glass


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


Items of Interest


Note: The Glass Circle and The Glass Association are to merge in 2019 to form a new society for those with interest in collecting and studying glass of all kinds.



'Glass Matters' - magazine of the Glass Society

Jointly published by the Glass Association and the Glass Circle

February 2019



Glass Society meetings in 2019 can be seen







News: British Glass Foundation

and the new West Midlands Glass Museum













The Glass Circle Privacy Statement and Policy

can be read




Note for Glass Circle members:

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of Glass Circle members on

28th June 2018, the following motion was proposed, seconded

and approved :

' It is resolved that the Officers and Committee of the Glass Circle shall

co-operate with the Officers and Committee of the Glass Association so

that by 30th June 2019 both societies shall have merged fully to form a

single organisation, referred to for convenience now as the 'Glass Society'.

This society shall have a single financial base, a single constitution to

be agreed by both committees, and ultimately a single committee, but

with Joint Chairmen and other principal officers for as long as the new

committee shall consider necessary. '

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 200 members from at least 12 different countries including collectors, museum curators, academics, dealers and auctioneers. The current merger with the Glass Association during 2019 will ultimately create a much larger base of people with glass interest.

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 of around 30 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.


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