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Summer opening times

Following three months of redevelopment work the museum is back open at our usual times. We are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 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.

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. We completed a major redevelopment in April 2018 which greatly enhances 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.

As part of the redevelopment work the museum shop has closed temporarily. Until the new shop is established 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.

New exhibits

Pauline Solven vase with impressed flower pattern

Heavy vase with applied roundels impressed with a flower pattern. It is signed “Pauline C Solven London 1968”, which was her final year at the Royal College of Art, London. She was a pupil of Michael Harris, who went on to found Mdina Glass and Isle of Wight Studio Glass. The museum now has three pieces by Pauline in the collection.

Etling Nu Aux Longs Cheveux figurine

Rare ‘Nu aux longs cheveux’ (nude with long hair) figurine designed by Lucille Sevin for Edmond Etling c.1932. It is numbered 86 in the Choisy-le-Roi catalogue. It measures 22 cm high.

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New projects: Etling catalogue and glass on postcards - 02 Oct 2018 14:38

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The museum recently started two major projects. The first is to create a catalogue of the glass produced in the 1920s and 1930s for Edmond Laurent Etling. The second is to create a database of postcards depicting glass or glass making. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0


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