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

Glass Circle Diary Dates - Events of Interest

(For Glass Circle events please go to our 'Meetings' or 'Outings' pages)

Saturday - 16th September 2017

 The Glass Association together with The Glass Circle is hosting a morning at the historic Christchurch Mansion Museum in lpswich, IP4 2BE. Christchurch Mansion was built in 1548 and is the home of a great collection of paintings by local Suffolk artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. It also boasts fine wood carvings, tapestries, costumes and a collection of Lowestoft porcelain among other
treasures. Part of the collection is a cabinet of 18th and 19th century drinking glasses, many of which are not identified and YOUR help is requested to attribute these items. Brian Clarke and John Smith, chairs of the G.A. and G.C. respectively, will be leading the group.

 After a buffet lunch at the museum, you are invited to visit John Smith's glass collection at his home in Thorpeness, just north of Aldeburgh, where he will both host our viewing of his collection and give an explanatory talk. His main focus has been on 20th century glass from post-war Czechoslovakia, Val St Lambert of Belgium and
glass from the UK. There are also many examples of 18th century English and Victorian glass.

 The cost of the trip is £18 per person. Numbers are limited.

Further information from


21st Century Engraved Glass Exhibition

by members of the Guild of Glass Engravers

Monday 21st August - Friday 29th September 2017

10am - 3pm Mon - Fri

11am - 4pm Sat and Sun

Red House Glass Cone High Street Wordsley Stourbridge DY8 4AZ



            Reception at Three Swans Hotel, Market Harborough

                       19.30 Friday 15 September 2017
                                                                                                  We are  delighted to announce that an outstanding collection of  carnival and other glass has been kindly gifted to the Carnival Glass

 Society. This  stunning collection includes:    
  - Rare examples of European glass made by Eda of Sweden and  other manufacturers  

 - Numerous Sowerby glass items, both in carnival and non-carnival  glass  

 - Exceptional American and unusual Indian carnival glass items  

 - Collections which include, or are related to, carnival glass such as a  set of Sowerby 'Royal Swan' salts, striking Art Deco vases and various  crucifix candlesticks.     
  Members of the Glass Circle are welcome to attend the launch for a  temporary membership fee of £5.00 per person which includes  Prosecco and tasty canapés.   Following an introductory talk we shall  unveil a display of more than 100 pieces of glass from the         collection.  

  Advanced registration required.  For information or to register    please call:  

 0759   526  1735  

 or go to - 'contact us' - to send an e-mail



News from the Association for the History of Glass

 The dates for the Autumn study days "Glass of the Caesar's 30th Anniversary" at the British Museum will now be Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November 2017

 From Glass News Number 41 Jan 17:

 'In conjunction with the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities and the Department of Scientific Research of the British Museum,

a 2 day seminar will be held in the British Museum to mark the 30th anniversary of the Glass of the Caesars exhibition.'

 Sessions will be based on broad themes: Organisation of the Roman glass industry, production techniques, hot and cold decoration of glass, regional traditions, the contribution of scientific analysis and research, the changing roles of museums in the presentation of ancient glass and public engagement with glass studies.

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