Friends of the AHG
This page contains links to other glass associations, as well as museums and glass related websites. These are predominately British associations. For international glass associations, please see our parent association, L’Association Internationale pour l’Histoire du Verre (AIHV).
Please note: The Association for the History of Glass Limited is not responsible for the content of any external web sites.
L’Association Internationale pour l’Histoire du Verre
An international organisation devoted to advancing knowledge about glass – its use, history and aesthetic qualities from antiquity to present times. The Association for the History of Glass acts as the British division.
The Glass Society
In 2019, The Glass Association and The Glass Circle merge to become The Glass Society. The Glass Association was founded in 1983 at the Stourbridge College of Art and The Glass Circle in London in 1937. The merged Glass Society promotes the understanding and appreciation of glass and glass-making and increase public interest in glass. The Glass Society covers both historical and contemporary glass. Through its visits, meetings and publications, it seeks to cater for a wide range of glass interests.
The British Society of Master Glass Painters
The British Society of Master Glass Painters was founded in 1921. It is Britain’s only organisation devoted exclusively to the art and craft of stained glass.
The British Society of Scientific Glass Blowers
Founded in 1960, The British Society of Scientific Glass Blowers is primarily aimed at professional glass blowers. It operates for the benefit of those engaged in Scientific Glassblowing and associated professions. It holds meetings and trainings, and works to uphold and further scientific glassblowing.
The Guild of Glass Engravers
The Guild of Glass Engravers was founded in 1975 by a small group of British engravers. They established this professional body to further and advocate for this art form.
The Society of Glass Technology
The objects of the Society of Glass Technology are to encourage and advance the study of the history, art, science, design, manufacture, after treatment, distribution and end use of glass of any and every kind.
Association Francaise pour l’Archeologie du Verre (AFAV)
Since its inception in 1985, AFAV is devoted to the promotion, study and dissemination of research into glass from Antiquity to the modern era, which includes the history of glass and its techniques, from archaeological, historical, iconographic sources, and the conservation and restoration of glass.
Verre et Histoire
Glass and History aims to provide a forum for research between glass professionals and amateurs within different disciplines (history, art history, history of business and labor history of technology, social history, ethnology, physico-chemical sciences, etc..), to help develop the knowledge of glass and its history from antiquity to the present.
Broadfield House Glass Museum
Located in the West Midlands, the Broadfield House Glass Museum has a collection of British glass dating from the 18th century to modern pieces.
Museum of London
The ceramics and glass collection is part of the Museum of London’s designated collections. You can explore the ceramics and glass resources and search the 25,000 catalogue records.
The World of Glass
Situated in the heart of the Victorian coal and glass town of St Helens, The World of Glass has something to offer people of all ages.
Turner Museum of Glass
The Turner Museum of Glass is one of the UK’s most interesting and comprehensive collections of nineteenth and twentieth century glass.
Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass is a US museum dedicated to exploring all forms of glass. The Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, the world’s foremost library on glass, and one of the top glassworking schools in the world. They also host several grants, most notably the Rakow Grant, which supports glass research.
Other Relevant Websites
Discovering Britain – The Royal Geographical Society has produced a series of geographically-themed walks around the UK, including one along the Town Arm of the Stourbridge Canal. This walk looks at how Stourbridge became world-famous for iron and glass making, and was created by glass enthusiast and trustee of the British Glass Foundation, Graham Fisher MBE. The route visits current and former glass manufacturing sites including the Red House Glass Cone, New Dial and Ruskin Glass Centre.
WorldArtGlass – This site provides a guide to art glass and crystal around the World. It includes extensive links lists for galleries, studios and museums, sources of information, events, organizations, publications and so on.
Pioneering glass – A web site devoted to drinking glasses made in England and for English people in the 17th century.
Roman Glassmakers – The website of the glassmakers Mark Taylor and David Hill who specialise in reproducing a wide range of reproductions of Roman glass vessels.
Roman Glass Bangles – Website run by member Tatiana Ivleva, including up-to-date bibliographies on Roman glass bangles in various countries.
International Network of the Composition of Byzantine Glass Tesserae – This project, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust (2007-2010), has published online databases of sites and sources of Byzantine mosaic glass tesserae.
Vidimus – The only on-line magazine devoted to medieval stained glass. Vidimus appears monthly and subscription is free.