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Opening hours

We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week.

Please call us on 01983 716270 for the latest information. Our staff will be able to take your call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day.

Coronavirus precautions

The safety of our visitors is a top priority for us. We have put in place a sanitiser station, increased frequency of cleaning, a one-way system to maintain social distancing, and a protective screen in our shop for the safety of both visitors and staff.

What's in 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 SculptGlass (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 Peter Layton, Pauline Solven, Karlin Rushbrooke, Nick Orsler, and Siddy Langley.

In our brand new gallery, opened 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.

A brief history

The museum opened in March 2016 after a great deal of work. Our single gallery on the ground floor exhibited the collection of studio glass handmade on the Isle of Wight. We also had a small shop. But our growing collection meant we soon ran out of space. Therefore, we moved everything to the first floor in January 2018.

In April 2018 we had completed a major redevelopment by opening a second gallery to showcase our Art Deco and Victorian glass collection. Other enhancements included a more exciting layout, storyboards and graphics, touch screen computers full of helpful information for visitors to use, and a library.

In September 2019 we opened a new shop and hired two retail staff. We offer a wide variety of glass, jewellery, books and other items to cater for many tastes. Our aim is to provide great products and excellent value for money. The shop is open 7 days per week.

Educational facilities

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.

Free wifi in the museum

Fast fibre broadband via Wifi is free in the museum. Just ask for the password.

New exhibits

Possibly Undercliff Sunrise small bell vase

This unusual and distinctive small bell vase with thin dark vertical canes and green applied rim is identified by Timothy Harris as an early trial of the Undercliff range. It is signed "Isle of Wight Glass England" in the hand of Timothy. It measures 11 cm high and 10.2 cm across the rim.

Paul Ysart globe paperweight

The museum purchased two of these high relief plaques in their original brass frames. They may have been inserted in a door, one on each side. They measure 19 cm x 22.7 cm and 7 mm thick, with the high relief extending a further 10 mm maximum. Suggested makers are John Walsh Walsh, Jobling and Hailwood Ackroyd and possible designers Walter Gilbert and Alan Howes.

A catalogue of the works by architectural sculptor Walter Gilbert and associates by Phillip Medhurst includes a high relief plaque called 'Doves' made at the Soho & Vesta Glass Works of John Walsh Walsh in Birmingham, England. But we remain uncertain since the plaques are unsigned. We had hoped for a signature along the edge of the plaque, but none was found. Considering their quality, that is surprising but not totally unexpected. A lot of good glass is unsigned.

Paul Ysart globe paperweight

A beautiful first period Moncrieff millefiori paperweight with filigree twists designed and made by Paul Ysart in the 1930s. It measures 8 cm across and 5.5 cm high. It has a so-called 'crunchy' pontil mark on the base. It is unsigned and without a PY cane.

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Blog

Article in The Glass Association magazine - 02 Nov 2017 22:27

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An article about the museum was publsihed in the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of The Glass Cone, the magazine of The Glass Association. The Chairman of the Association, Brian Clarke, has given permission to reproduce the article here - PDF 4.15 MB. We hope you enjoy reading it. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Museum acquires unique collection of Victoriana - 19 Oct 2017 22:31

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The museum has a small and growing collection of Victorian glass. But the Victoriana we are talking about here is not over a hundred years old, but a trial collection designed by Timothy Harris of Isle of Wight Studio Glass. We bought the first piece from the range in 2011 and thought it would be impossible to add to it. But amazingly we recently acquired four more pieces. Just two other pieces in the range are known. It is quite possible they are all unique. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Award winning glass jewellery maker now exhibiting - 03 Sep 2017 11:31

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Snow Queen necklace by Linda Newnham

Award winning glass jewellery maker Linda Newnham is exhibiting some of her amazing jewellery designs at the museum. We are delighted she has chosen us as the first public exhibition of her work. I recently interviewed Linda about how she started out making glass and the things that inspire her designs - it makes for interesting reading. Additionally, she has kindly provided several pictures of her work presented here in a gallery. I am sure you will agree with me that the jewellery is absolutely stunning! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Online shop can now take online payments - 01 May 2017 18:37

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We are pleased to announce that our online shop can now take card payments and bank transfers directly online using a service provided by PayPal. Please note that a PayPal account is not required but it will simplify the payment process if you have one. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

New greetings cards with exclusive design - 14 Dec 2016 22:23

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The museum has had a greetings card exclusively designed for us by Simon Sonsino, well known for his textual art. The museum wanted something unique and what Simon came up with is exceptional. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Signs, more signs, and even more signs! - 07 Aug 2016 13:20

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Isle of Wight Glass Museum directional sign

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

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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

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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

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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


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