Winter opening times
Now that Christmas and New Year have passed the museum is open every day between 11 am and 3 pm until the end of February.
Welcome to the museum
There are over 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 and growing collection of French, German and British Art Deco as well as Victorian glass on the first floor.
Museum greetings card
Cards are just £2.99 at the museum or £3.99 if you want us to send one to you. Just call us.
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.
Wifi is free in the museum. Just ask for the password.
Vase by Isle of Wight Studio Glass, 15.5 cm high x 14.0 cm diameter at the rim, signed "© 1997 The British Museum" on the base. This piece is very rarely seen.
The museum has bought a pair of these Bohemian blown glass tumblers, enamelled in white with Mary Gregory-style decoration of children at play, and gilded rims. They feature a girl (shown here) and boy facing each other when stood side-by-side.
Acid etched cameo glass made by Loetz for French company Etling after 1918 into the 1920s. It has the 'Richard' signature on the side.
|Click here for more|
Inside the museum
Click on the picture to get a larger image, then Next or Previous to move between images.
Isle of Wight Studio Glass is expanding - 28 Jan 2016 14:10
Glass is going into the cabinets - 15 Jan 2016 00:32
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
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
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
Getting the word out - 23 Dec 2015 13:33
What will be in the museum? - 07 Dec 2015 00:16
Isle of Wight Glass Museum celebrates the design and craftsmanship of glass makers based on the island as well as those in some way connected to the island, past and present. Some of them are well known; others are less known, but equally inspiring. And we will be adding some extra things for further interest. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Looking for a home - 14 Nov 2015 20:26
The decision had been made to set up a glass museum, but where should we house it? Somewhere on the Isle of Wight, obviously. But what kind of building would best suit a museum of contemporary glass? A real bit of fortune turned up an excellent solution. It needed a bit of imagination and vision to realise it though! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Thinking along the same lines - 08 Nov 2015 23:33
I guess the time was right. Isle of Wight Studio Glass had re-established production at a new studio at Arreton Barns earlier in 2014 and was attending the National Glass Fair in November to showcase their new designs. Of course, I was there too. It is one of the highlights of the glass calendar. The conversation that ensued at the studio's stand started a chain of events we didn't anticipate. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Small beginnings - 07 Nov 2015 22:42
So when did it all begin? Actually it can be pinned down to a specific date: 22nd January 2008. That was the date of purchase of a small Summer Fruits 'Mulberry' amphora pot via eBay. I knew nothing about Isle of Wight Studio Glass at the time. All I knew was that I liked it and wanted to find out more. I searched for the studio online and was amazed by their designs. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0