Sunday 1st to Wednesday 4th September 2019
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
Once again we plan within the SGT Annual Conference to hold a Seminar devoted to the
History and Heritage aspects of glass. The date will be Wednesday 4th September, so we’d ask
you to incorporate this in your 2019 diary!

In ancient times, the transformation of mundane sand into the splendour of brilliant glass was a
subject of awe. Glassmakers guarded carefully the secrets of their craft, and formed guilds to
ensure confidentiality to protect their livelihoods. Notoriously, in 14th Century Venice, a
glassmaker judged to have betrayed his fellows risked losing an ear or a hand!

Today we delight in sharing information, insights and inspiration surrounding the history of
glassmaking and the splendour of the heritage we have received from previous generations. So
when we meet in Cambridge next September the topics could range from the most ancient to the
contemporary, from the insights of science to the splendour of glass art, from the archeometric
studies of glass sites to the conservation and display of our rich glass heritage – really the
programme could be as limitless as glass itself!

As ever, our objective is to bring together enthusiasts from all branches of glass studies, to
meet in friendship to share our passions, our perplexities, and our problem-solving successes.
We cordially invite you to join us at Murray Edwards College to share in our discussions, and
if you’d like to make a presentation or offer a poster we’d love to hear from you.
From Sand to Splendour
the History & Heritage of Glass
Wednesday 4th September