Places to visit

Here are some museums which have large collections of pressed glass:

The Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2RL

general enquiries –
020 7942 2000

ceramics and glass –
020 7942 2073

The V and A has a dedicated Glass Gallery (room 131) which displays all kinds of glass through the ages, and includes a large amount of pressed glass. There is also a glass staircase and a huge glass sculpture.

The National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
Sunderland SR6 0GL

Tel 0191 515 5555
Fax 0191 515 5156

This centre, though interesting, is devoted to modern glass, with workshops as well as displays. The building is very unattractive, but the restaurant is good.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Burdon Road

0191 553 2323

This is the place to go in Sunderland to see pressed glass – the museum has several display-cases full. The rest of the museum is worth a look, as is the Winter Garden (tropical plant house) next door.

Pilkington Glass Museum
The World of Glass (St. Helens) Ltd
Chalon Way East
St Helens
Merseyside WA10 1BX

01744 22766

Pilkington’s is a large industrial glass manufacturer in Lancashire, and the museum has exhibitions about the history and development of glassmaking. There are also permanent and temporary exhibitions of glassware.

Broadfield House Glass Museum
Compton Drive

Tel 01384 812745
Fax 01384 812746

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL

Tel 0161 235 8888
Fax 0161 274 7146
Textphone 0161 235 8893

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