Thank you for visiting the Isle of Wight Glass Museum web site.
The museum is now open
Opening hours: 10 am to 4 pm every day, seven days a week, except Christmas and New Year.
There are about 1000 pieces on show on two floors, including many unique and never before seen pieces from glass maker's archives. On the ground floor we showcase the Island's many glass studios, including Isle of Wight Studio Glass, Diamond Isle Sculptured Glass, Glory Art Glass and Alum Bay Glass as well as related studios such as Jonathan Harris Studio Glass. We also have a stunning collection of Mdina glass from the period between 1968 and 1972, many pieces signed by Michael Harris. There are designs by Michael from the 1950s and when he was at the Royal College of Art in London in the 1960s too. We also have a fascinating collection of French, German and British Art Deco glass on the first floor.
Isle of Wight Studio Glass has kindly agreed to let the museum put Michael Harris's original workstation and tools from the 1970s on show upstairs. We are most appreciative of this generosity.
Glass jewellery workshop
Julie Ann Gaterell will hold a workshop on making dichroic fused glass jewellery at the museum. If you are interested, please contact Julie Ann directly. But be quick: the number of participants will be limited to ten. The museum has excellent facilities to make the workshop enjoyable. The workshop includes viewing the museum exhibits as well as refreshments.
We have put up a whole lot of directional signs outside to help you find us at Arreton and put up some signs inside to help you find your way around in the museum. We have more signs on order.
Graal feathers pattern tazza signed by Jonathan Harris in 1998 bought at the National Glass Fair, Solihull in May.
Rabbit paperweight in the early form of Summer Fruits Cranberry. Bought from a dealer in South Africa in June. A rare item.
French opalescent bowl, probably by Hunebelle and made in the 1930s, to add to our Art Deco collection upstairs. It was found in a charity shop in in Oxfordshire in June. Can you believe it! Stunning!
Inside the museum
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Signs, more signs, and even more signs! - 07 Aug 2016 13:20
The museum is working hard to improve the visitor experience. Clearly, visitors need to find us and once in the museum know what they are looking at. To help with that the museum commissioned a series of directional signs at Arreton Barns and signs inside the museum. They are now in place. And they look great! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Staff changes at the museum - 10 Jul 2016 19:49
After three months as coordinator, Bernadette Connolly decided to leave the museum. But we welcome Nicola Harris and her daughter Ffleur to the team. If you recognise the names then, yes, they are of the same Harris family that runs Isle of Wight Studio Glass next door to the museum. Nicola will help the museum director with back office tasks and Ffleur will join Tina Gormer in the museum to welcome visitors, assist at the sales counters, deal with enquiries over the phone, and run the museum on a day-to-day basis. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Museum exhibits at the National Glass Fair - 02 Jul 2016 14:40
The museum was delighted and honoured to be invited to exhibit at the National Glass Fair held in May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. The fair was possibly the best place to promote the museum to real enthusiasts of glass. We put on show a cabinet full of the best work by Isle of Wight glass makers and share some pictures here. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Museum opening was a great success - 28 Apr 2016 23:00
Introducing the museum coordinator and assistant - 18 Mar 2016 21:40
The museum now has a coordinator and assistant to welcome our visitors. Both Bernadette Connolly, the new coordinator, and Tina Gormer, the new assistant, started work on Monday. After an intensive first week of preparation, the museum is ready to open on Saturday, 19th March at 10 am. The museum director invited Bernadette and Tina to introduce themselves and they have kindly provided a few words about their backgrounds. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Museum buys the Mark Hill Collection of Mdina and IOWSG - 15 Mar 2016 22:38
The museum is pleased to announce that its has purchased the Mark Hill Collection of Mdina glass and Isle of Wight Studio Glass, one of the most important private collections of glass made by Michael Harris. The collection distinguishes itself not by its size but by its quality. It contains some astonishing and unique pieces, many of which are illustrated in Mark's well known book on Michael Harris. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Programme for museum opening event - 08 Mar 2016 22:42
The programme for the museum opening event on Saturday, 19th March has been finalized. An excellent lineup of speakers has been assembled, including Mark Hill, an expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow and co-presenter of Cracking Antiques, Uncovering Antiques and Collectaholics for BBC2; Richard Harris, managing director of Isle of Wight Studio Glass; Michael Rayner, founder of Island Glass and Alum Bay Glass; Timothy Harris, master glass maker at IOWSG; and Ron Wheeler, the foremost expert on IOWSG, having been the studio's appointed secondary market specialist for over 35 years. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
New information leaflet produced - 10 Feb 2016 21:59
The museum's first information leaflet has been designed and it will be distributed to hundreds of locations on the Isle of Wight and beyond. The A4 triple-fold leaflet design philosophy is 'less is more'. It has the minimum of text but covers all the essentials, a select few pictures of glass and glass making, and the obvious necessary information about the museum itself. I hope you agree it is elegant and appealing. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Relax and have a drink with us - 31 Jan 2016 18:37
We hope the museum will be more than a place to see glass. To that end we have set up a coffee lounge, with comfy sofas and stylish tables plus a drinks machine so that visitors can help themselves to a cuppa, relax and have a natter. Wifi will be available too to surf the internet. Next to the coffee machine we have a bookcase, which will be stocked with various books on art glass in general, not just island glass, and books about the Isle of Wight. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0