Conference: Celebrating the Birth of English & Irish Crystal Drinking Glass, 1640 – 1702

Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass
June 28, 2022

International experts present the latest research / Thursday 6 October 2022, Hochhauser Lecture Theatre

Roemer, drinking glass, attributed to George Ravenscroft, probably at the Savoy Glasshouse, about 1677, London, England. Museum no. C.530-1936. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

We are delighted to announce that the programme is now live and tickets are now available for our upcoming hybrid conference hosted by the Decorative Art and Sculpture Department, V&A Museum, in partnership with the Association for the History of Glass.

2022 has been designated the International Year of Glass by the United Nations. This year also marks 125 years since the publication of Albert Harshorne’s Old English Glasses, the first serious study of the history of English and Irish glass. To celebrate, the V&A is presenting a conference Celebrating the Birth of English and Irish Crystal Drinking Glass, 1640 – 1702, in partnership with the Association for the History of Glass. This study day aims to explore the evolving story of the birth of these sophisticated products, a century before the ‘industrial revolution’ began.

Ticket Information

In-person tickets: V&A & Association for the History of Glass Study Day conference booking tickets, Thu 6 Oct 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Online tickets: V&A and AHG Glass Study Day Online Booking Tickets, Thu 6 Oct 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Programme: Celebrating the Birth of English and Irish Crystal Drinking Glass, 1640 – 1702

 Museum Opens 10.00am
 Registration and Tea & Coffee 10.00 – 10.25am
 WelcomeJustine Bayley & Reino Liefkes10.25am –10.30am
1Colin Brain  “… and of noe other sorts or fashions” – Fashionable Design in the Birth of English and Irish Crystal Drinking Glass.10.30am – 11.05am
2Peter FrancisThe Irish “Lead Glass Revolution”.11.05am –11.40am
 Comfort Break 11.40am – 11.55am
3Dr Jo WheelerRecipes for lead-glass and cristallo in Venetian and Florentine sources and their influence on Antonio Neri.11.55am – 12.25pm
4Reino LiefkesA new type of colourless glass in imitation of rock crystal: crizzled glass of the late-seventeenth century.12.25pm –1pm
Lunch* 2pm – 2.15pm AHG AGM1pm – 2.15pm
5Oliver GunningNew Perspectives on the Role of the Migrant in British Crystal Glass.2.15pm – 2.50pm
6Antoine GiacomettiSeventeenth-century glass from the Dublin Castle excavations 1961-1987.2.50pm – 3.25pm
Tea/Coffee 3.25pm – 4.00pm
7Inês Coutinho and Colin BrainScience in the Service of History: Analysis of early English and Irish Crystalline Glasses.4.00pm – 4.35pm
8Dr Iris Moon and Dr Karen StammDrinking Glass in the Met Museum’s British Galleries4.35pm – 5.10pm
       Closing remarksDr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth5.10pm – 5.20pm
        Museum closes 5.45pm


This conference has been organised by Colin Brain (Association for the History of Glass), Reino Liefkes (V&A) and Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (University of Edinburgh), with assistance from Dr Simon Spier (V&A).

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