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Summer opening times

Currently the museum is partially closed to visitors because of redevelopment work. We reopen fully on Wednesday, 4th April and look forward to seeing you then. We apologise for the slight delay in the previously announced opening date, due to unforeseen circumstances.

About the museum

There are over 1200 pieces on show, including many unique and never before seen pieces, in two galleries.

The Studio gallery, the larger of the two, focuses on the Isle of Wight's many studio glass makers, particularly Isle of Wight Studio Glass, but also Diamond Isle Sculptured Glass, Glory Art Glass and Alum Bay Glass as well as related studios such as Jonathan Harris Studio Glass. This gallery also has a stunning collection of Mdina glass made during the period when the Harris family were in Malta, between 1968 and 1972, many pieces signed by Michael Harris. Also, there are designs by Michael from the 1950s and when he was teaching at the Royal College of Art in London in the 1960s.

The museum is also building a collection of studio glass made by other British makers, such as Siddy Langley.

In our brand new gallery, opening in April 2018, we have a fascinating and growing collection of French, German and British Art Deco glass. The focus is on glass made or designed by/for Edmond Etling, Pierre D’Avesn, Verlys, Sabino, Jobling, Stuart Crystal, John Walsh Walsh and WMF.

The museum has educational facilities catering for group visits, including schools and colleges, of up to 35 people. Our library is accessible to scholars and collectors by appointment.

Museum redevelopment

The museum opened in March 2016 after a great deal of work. But we are not standing still. Our aim is to continually improve the visitor experience as resources allow. Currently we are making extensive changes to greatly enhance the visitor experience. These include a more exciting layout, storyboards and graphics, touch screen computers full of helpful information for visitors to use, and a library. We are aiming to install these improvements during January to March 2018.

As part of the redevelopment work the museum shop will close. But online sales will continue uninterrupted via this web site.

Free wifi in the museum

Wifi is free in the museum. Just ask for the password.

Glass jewellery workshops

Julie Ann Gaterell, our education programme director, holds workshops on making dichroic fused glass jewellery. If you are interested, please contact Julie Ann directly.

Julie Ann Arts Dichroic Fused Glass Jewellery Workshop

What's New

New exhibits

Siddy Langley Super Moon bottle vase

'Super Moon' bottle vase by Siddy Langley, signed and dated 2018.

Mdina sculpture

Sculpture signed 'Michael Harris Mdina Glass Malta', as shown on page 34 of Michael Harris: Mdina Glass & Isle of Wight Studio Glass, by Mark Hill. Formerly in the Mark Hill collection.

Huge Renaissance II footed platter

Renaissance II footed platter designed by Jonathan Harris for Isle of Wight Studio Glass. It is 47 cm in diameter, 8 cm high, with a foot 11.5 cm in diameter.

Trial Azurene vase made by Michael Harris or Chris Hotton

A unique Isle of Wight Studio Glass Azurene 'Black' freeblown trial vase made by Michael Harris or Chris Hotton about 1978-79, with impressed 'flame' pontil to the base.

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Inside the museum

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Blog

Museum opening was a great success - 28 Apr 2016 23:00

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The museum opening event on 19th March was a great success. About sixty people were in attendance and by all accounts they thoroughly enjoyed the day. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Introducing the museum coordinator and assistant - 18 Mar 2016 21:40

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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

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Mark Hill

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

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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

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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

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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

Isle of Wight Studio Glass is expanding - 28 Jan 2016 14:10

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The museum's neighbour, Isle of Wight Studio Glass, is expanding. Due to healthy order books the studio needed more workshop space and is moving it's retail area next door adjacent to the museum. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Glass is going into the cabinets - 15 Jan 2016 00:32

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After a lot of preparatory work, glass is at last going into the cabinets. Before they do, though, every piece has to be catalogued, with a description of the item, who designed it, and where and when it was made. A picture is taken too. Then its exact location in the museum is recorded. Every cabinet has a code so we know where everything is at any time. In three days about 150 pieces were put in place. Next week another 150 pieces will be added. We thought it would be nice to share some pictures. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Come work for us - 07 Jan 2016 23:13

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Have you ever fancied running a museum and be surrounded by the most amazing glass every working day? Could you share your enthusiasm with visitors who are eager to see what is on show? Well now is your chance! Isle of Wight Glass Museum and Isle of Wight Studio Glass are jointly recruiting a Museum Coordinator/Studio Retail Coordinator and a Museum Assistant/Studio Retail Assistant. The museum and studio have separate management and ownership, but will share some staff, making for a varied and interesting combination of tasks and responsibilities. - Click here to read more - Comments: 1

Cabinets have been installed - 24 Dec 2015 19:51

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Thursday, 10th December 2015 was a big day. That was when the display cabinets were installed in the museum. They were specially commissioned with a gloss white finish and bright LED lights to make them really good for displaying glass. We ordered 31 from Access Displays and they took twelve weeks to make. The wait was well worth it. They look fantastic! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0


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