Turner Museum of Glass
Museums and Galleries
c/o The Department of Engineering Materials, the University of Sheffield
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
The Turner Museum of Glass is one of the UK's most interesting and comprehensive collections of nineteenth and twentieth century glass.
From drinking glasses to contemporary installations the Museum celebrates the skill and artistry of glassmakers. Pieces by all the major European and American glassmakers are on display and the collection is unrivalled in its display of work from the 1920s to the 1950s.
The Museum was founded in 1943 by Professor W.E.S. Turner. Also responsible for founding the academic discipline of glass technology, Turner was a keen and imaginative collector. He wanted the Museum to act as an inspiration for all those working with glass by showing beautiful objects alongside technical innovation.
Turner founded his Museum at the University of Sheffield where he worked. Since 1993 it has been located at the heart of the Department of Engineering Materials where it continues to grow. It is an important resource for research and welcomes visitors from around the world.
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