Room 131: Glass

Glass, room 131

Room 131 vividly illustrates the entire history of glass-making from ancient times to the present day. Islamic, British and European collections among others are represented, as well as a selection of objects illustrating examples of glass-making techniques.  A specially commissioned staircase by glass artist Danny Lane leads to a mezzanine crammed with the study collections.

The gallery provides interactive screens where you can find out more about glass-making, look at maps, read short stories and get an overview of glass from around the world. Object label information is available via touch-screen, providing further information about any object in the room.

Room 131 is on Level 4 of the V&A South Kensington.

Check the gallery closures page

Objects you can find in this gallery:

Private Group Tours & Talks

We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

View our Private Group Tours & Talks

Shop online

Looking at Glass: A Guide to Terms

Looking at Glass: A Guide to Terms

An essential guide to glass and its production. This compact handbook offers definitions and descriptions of a wide range of glass terminology such as…

Buy now

Event - Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250-1500 13/14

Tue 17 September 2013–Tue 08 July 2014

YEAR COURSE: Examine the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change.
Tuesdays, 17 September 2013 - 8 July 2014 (over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

Book online