The Association for the History of Glass

The Association for the History of Glass is an educational charity whose aims are to advance knowledge, education and interest in the study of glass of all periods of history throughout the world.

Our members’ interests include archaeology, art history, conservation, museum studies, glass collection and glass science.

Spring 2024 Meeting
GlassWEAR: Glass in Jewellery, 17th May, London

Beads, rings, necklaces, hairpins – the versatility of glass has seen it used in countless ways to adorn the body. We welcome submissions for presentations on the use of glass in jewellery from the Bronze Age to the 21st century. Please email the organisers at :-events@historyofglass.org.uk with your title and abstract. For more information visit our meetings page.


AHG@ the Roman Archaeology Conference 2024

‘Riddles of the Sands’ will be our session themed around production and trade in glass during the Roman period. For the confirmed line-up of speakers see our Meetings page. For more information about the conference please see the RAC website here.

New Faces on the AHG Board

Glass News 2024

Our members will shortly receive our next edition of Glass News. The 52nd edition is full of news and articles of interest. If you would like to share your feedback about any of the topics, or would like to contribute to the next edition planned for July 2024, please let us known on glassnews@historyofglass.org.uk.


Back issues (excluding the three most recent) are available to all as pdfs. Recent highlight include Issue 46, which includes information about the stunning discovery of a glass fish at Chedworth Roman Villa, as reported by the BBC.

A look back at 2023

The Association had an exciting year, with two successful meetings. In the Spring we were in Oxford for ‘Everything Old is New Again’, which looked at recycling and reuse in ancient and historical glass. In November we held an online meeting ‘New Reflections on Old Glass’ where we highlighted latest research on glass from the Bronze Age to the Industrial Revolution. For information on previous events, visit our meetings page

Watch again

The conference proved so popular, we have made the talks available for viewing:

Further talks from 2023 will soon be available on our website.



Website Changes

There have been many website changes recently – please bear with us while we work through teething issues. If you notice issues, please email web@historyofglass.org.uk.


The Association for the History of Glass is a Registered Company in England (no. 1348828), and a Registered Educational Charity (no. 275236).

The Association for the History of Glass Ltd,
c/o The Society of Antiquaries of London,
Burlington House, Piccadilly,
LONDON W1J 0BD

General Enquiries: secretary@historyofglass.org.uk