Glass curiosities - the age of enlightenment
Up until about 200 years ago life for all but the very rich amongst us was hard. Miners typically worked a 72 hour week, children were at work in the mines and factories from the age of 6 years old and recreational time was limited to church on Sunday. Slowly a slightly wealthier middle class appeared encouraged by national social changes and earnings from hard work. With it came more spare time and with that came self-expression and creativity. It is a time when general education for all enters our story and when the first museums and art schools were created.
This exhibition celebrates the flourishing of artistic talent and display a number of the more unusual and colourful glass creations that were being made then, and also more contemporary glass creations - all from the glass collection, soon to be displayed at the White House Cone - museum of glass.
Objects on display include a glass dress, glass walking sticks and a focus on pate-de-verre pieces.