Heritage Open Days - The Turner Museum of Glass
On Wednesday 15 September and Thursday 16 September between 10am and 4pm, there will be a number of guided tours for groups of up to six people. The tours will last approximately 45 minutes and the museum will be open to visitors who would like to browse the collection, although numbers will be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.
In the museum you will find: many pieces from Professor W E S Turner’s collection of glass objects, acquired throughout a lifetime of travels and research during the first half of the twentieth century; some 150 wine glasses collected by local MP, Albert Harland; and many other newer works donated over the last 80 years.
The collection has been catalogued and categorised based on their age and their provenance. There are over 380 pieces on permanent display including:
- Bohemian, Czechoslovakian, Scandinavian, French and Dutch Glass
- Italian Glass from Murano, Venice
- Experimental works by Frederick Carder manufactured at Corning in New York State, USA
- Roman and Syrian Glass British Glass including pieces by John Moncrieff Ltd, James Powell and Son Ltd and Webb Corbett Ltd.
- Studio glass pieces by Sam Herman, Anne Warf, Anna Dickinson and Keiko Mukaide.
- The glass fibre wedding dress and accessories worn by Helen Nairn Munro when she married Professor W.E.S.Turner.
On the guided tour, you will find out about the history of glass, stories behind the exhibits and some of the science involved in making glass.
There is no need to book a tour unless you intend to come in a group of more than four (message 07721 185168), but at busy times, you may have to wait for space to become available.
More details about the tour can be found here: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/turner-museum-tour.
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