The Age of Glass: 1650 to Now

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In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Glass join museum curators, historians and artists as we explore the global story of glass from 1650 to the present in this 6-week course.

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Course Leader
Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth

Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth is an art historian who specialises in the histories of collecting and displaying European decorative arts (1650-1900). She was previously V&A Curator, Ceramics and Glass 1600-1800, and is now Lecturer in 18th- and 19th-Century Visual and Material Culture in the History of Art Department at the University of Edinburgh.

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Course overview

In celebration of the United Nations 2022 International Year of Glass, museum curators, historians and artists will explore the global history of glass from 1650 to the present. This 6-week course follows a chronological structure, from the early modern methods of glassmaking in Venice, to experiments at 17th-century London glasshouses, and the celebrated Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Bringing in historic and contemporary approaches to the study of glass, it shines a light on techniques, materials, makers and markets, and aims to celebrate the significant role played by glass in wider social, cultural and historical contexts. Each week we will cover a range of themes, including: materials and techniques; dining; industry; empire; historic recreation; women glass artists, and the role of gender in a largely male-dominated world.


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Online course: The Age of Glass: 1650 to Now

2 November 2022 - 7 December 2022


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