|About the Collection
Professor W.E.S Turner's unique collection is at the core of the Museum. His energetic research and travel during the first half of the twentieth century gave him the opportunity to collect pieces from all the significant glass manufacturers at a time when no-one else was acquiring them.
Other gifts, like the collection of eighteenth-century drinking glasses donated by Albert Harland in 1943, expanded the variety of the works on show. And the collection continues to grow. Studio glass from the last twenty years is well represented and contemporary acquisitions are made regularly.
There are over 380 pieces on permanent display including:
- Bohemian, Czechoslovakian, Scandinavian, French and Dutch Glass
- ltalian Glass from Murano, Venice
- Experimental works by Frederick Carder manufactured at Corning in New York State, USA
- Roman and Syrian Glass British Glass including pieces by John Moncrieff Ltd, James Powell and Son Ltd and Webb Corbett Ltd.
- Studio glass pieces by Sam Herman, Anne Warf, Anna Dickinson and Keiko Mukaide.
- The glass fibre wedding dress and accessories worn by Helen Nairn Munro when she married Professor W.E.S.Turner.