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.

Anton Doroszenko announcing the opening of the museum

Morning Programme (downstairs)

  • 11 to 11.15 am – Anton Doroszenko, Museum Director – Welcome and a brief history behind the forming of the museum.
  • 11.15 to 11.30 am – Comments by Richard Harris, IOWSG.
  • 11.30 to 11.35 am – Ribbon Cutting – Anton Doroszenko will invite Timothy Harris and Michael Rayner jointly to cut the ribbon.
  • 11.35 am to 12 noon – Opportunity for visitors to look around the exhibition and studio retail area on the ground floor.

Some of the speakers and staff will linger downstairs to answer visitor’s questions.


12 noon to 1 pm – Buffet lunch upstairs – all present are cordially invited. There is no charge.

Afternoon Programme (upstairs)

  • 1.00 to 1.15 pm – Mark Hill – Michael Harris and a brief history of Mdina and IOWSG.
  • 1.15 to 1.30 pm – Michael Rayner – The story of the founding of Island Glass and Alum Bay Glass.
  • 1.30 to 1.40 pm – Timothy Harris – The glass maker’s perspective of the museum.
  • 1.40 to 1.50 pm – Ron Wheeler – The market and collector’s perspective of the museum.
  • 1.50 to 2.00 pm – Anton Doroszenko – Concluding remarks.
  • 2.00 to 2.30-2.45 pm - Visitor's questions.
  • Around 2.30-2.45 pm - End of the formal programme.
  • Around 2.30-2.45 pm to 4 pm - Visitors may wander where they will, including retail opportunities at the museum and studio.
  • 4 pm – Doors close.

Please note that visitors who arrive before 12 noon will be given free entry to the museum and be invited to the buffet lunch and programme of talks upstairs. A ticket will be issued so that those who have to leave the building for a comfort break can be let upstairs again if they wish. Visitors arriving after 12 noon will pay the normal entrance fee to the museum and will not be allowed upstairs for the buffet lunch or programme of talks.

Please also note the Press may conduct interviews with speakers and others in attendance at appropriate times during the event. Thank you if you feel you can contribute.

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