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

Glass Circle Diary Dates - Outings



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.

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Recent past visits:

  Our last visit outside the UK was in May 2015 to the USA to visit the Henry Ford Museum Detroit, The Toledo Museum of Art, then almost 3 days - the highlight of the tour - at

The Corning Museum and town, and Brooklyn NY for the Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum New York - see our page 'Visits' for an article describing what was seen on the US tour.

  A recent trip abroad (April 2016) was organised by The Glass Association for members of the Glass Association and the Glass Circle to Barcelona and Catalunya