Past Meetings

Past Meetings

Below are insights from past meetings, as well as programmes when available.

Members can also access recordings of past meetings, when available.

If you have photos from past meetings, please add them to our archives by emailing web@historyofglass.org.uk.

“Riddles of the Sands: Untangling the Roman Glass Industry”, Session at Roman Archaeology Conference
UCL

April 11th-14th 2024: The AHG hosted a session at the international Roman Archaeology Conference, titled ‘Riddles of the Sands: Untangling the Roman Glass Industry’ and focussing on production and trade in glass across the Roman world.

Speaker David Marsh and Convenor Ian Freestone at Roman Archaeology Conference 2024

Programme available.


New Reflections on Old Glass

November 18th 2023: This online meeting showcased latest research on a multitude of topics scanning the history of glass from the Bronze Age to the Industrial Revolution.

Programme available.


Everything Old is New Again: Recycling and Reuse in Ancient and Historical Glass
Oxford

March 31st and April 1st 2023: Took place in the School of Archaeology in Oxford, with the subtitle of ‘Recycling and Reuse in Ancient and Historical Glass’, talks ranged from the Bronze Age, through to the problem production of modern architectural glass through recycling. Talks were accompanied with a handling session of Early Medieval glass, a period that had been a real focus for the day.

Programme available.


Late Bronze Age Glass
Oxford

April 29th and 30th 2022: : The Association for the History of Glass, in co-operation with the Griffith Institute, the School of Archaeology/University of Oxford and Bodleian Libraries, hosted two days of events at Oxford, which coincided with the opening of the exhibition ‘Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive’ at the Weston Library. 

Focusing on Late Bronze Age glass, events included lectures, a handling session at the Ashmolean Museum and a demonstration of ancient glass working. On Friday the 29th the ‘Study Day’ of presentations was followed by an early evening public lecture and reception. 

Programme avaliable.


English and Irish Drinking Glass 1640-1702
V&A Museum

Oct 6th 2022: The latter half of the 17th century was a period of material, technical and aesthetic development, which saw the vessel-glass industry in England and Ireland reach maturity. 

The V&A Museum in partnership with the Association for the History of Glass was delighted to host this conference which explored the evolving story of the birth of these sophisticated products a century before the ‘industrial revolution’ began. 

Programme avaliable.


Glass in the North
Vindolanda and Jarrow

May 21st and 22nd 2022:: ‘Glass in the North’, dedicated to the late Professor Jennifer Price, was themed around glass and glass production in the north of Britain. The event ran across two days, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May 2022 with Day One held at Vindolanda Roman Fort and Museum and Day Two at Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum.

In addition to presentations, the days also involved glass handling sessions, visits and a conference dinner. There was a variety of speakers, ranging from archaeologists to artists based in, or active in research, in the north. 

Programme avaliable.


New Research in Ancient Glass

March 32th 2021: This online meeting showcased latest research on a multitude of topics scanning the history of glass from the Iron Age to the Early Medieval Period.

Programme available.


New Research in Ancient Glass

December 2nd 2020: This online meeting showcased latest research on a multitude of topics scanning the history of glass from the Iron Age to the Early Medieval Period.

Programme available.


Museum Visit
Petrie Museum

November 12th 2019:

Programme available.


Summer Study Seminar
British Museum
(in partnership with Early Glass Technology Research Network)

May 15th 2019:

Programme available.


Hot from the Furnace Mouth: How practical glassmaking supports glass history
Project Workshops, Quarley
(in partnership with the Glassmakers)

November 2nd 2018:

Programme available.


Glass of the Caesars @30. British Museum, November 3-4th 2017: Programme available.

‘To make much better glass… ‘ The Wallace Collection (in partnership with Society for Glass Technology) April 18th 2016: Programme available.

Glass for Eating, Drinking and Making Merry. The Wallace Collection, June 15th 2015: Programme available.

Glass in Imitation of Other Materials. UCL, November 7th 2016: Programme available.

Fragmentary Tales; a second miscellany of glass London Archaeological Archive, November 20th 2015: Programme available.

Things that Travelled – Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD. UCL, November 28-29th 2014: Programme available.