2022 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Glass in recognition of the potential of glass to help build a fairer, more equitable and planet-friendly society in line with the UN's future priorities. But as part of this we also recognise its past and the importance of its history in enabling us to understand how we have reached this point and how we might move forward to achieve the shared goals. This part of the website highlights some of the IYOG2022 activities which aim to address this rich history. We do hope you will join us in the celebrations !

Upcoming Meetings 2022:
Oct 6th 2022: 'English and Irish Drinking Glass 1640-1702'. London Victoria & Albert Museum
The latter half of the 17th century was a period of material, technical and aesthetic development, which saw the vessel-glass industry in England and Ireland reach maturity. The V&A Museum in partnership with the Association for the History of Glass is delighted to host this conference which will explore the evolving story of the birth of these sophisticated products a century before the 'industrial revolution' began.

This event is being held simultaneously 'online' and 'in person'. 'In person' tickets can be booked via the Eventbrite website here. To join the event online, tickets can be booked here. For any further queries please contact Colin Brain at ahgyearofglass22@gmail.com (Download the Call for Papers and more information - pdf)

Meetings already held in 2022:

April 29th and 30th 2022: 'Late Bronze Age Glass'. Oxford
The Association for the History of Glass, in co-operation with the Griffith Institute, the School of Archaeology/University of Oxford and Bodleian Libraries, hosted two days of events at Oxford, which coincided with the opening of the exhibition 'Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive' at the Weston Library. Focusing on Late Bronze Age glass, events included lectures, a handling session at the Ashmolean Museum and a demonstration of ancient glass working. On Friday the 29th the 'Study Day' of presentations was followed by an early evening public lecture and reception. Details of the Friday lectures given can be downloaded here.
May 21st and 22nd 2022: 'Glass in the North'. Vindolanda and Jarrow
'Glass in the North', dedicated to the late Professor Jennifer Price, was themed around glass and glass production in the north of Britain. The event ran across two days, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May 2022 with Day One held at Vindolanda Roman Fort and Museum and Day Two at Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum. In addition to presentations, the days also involved glass handling sessions, visits and a conference dinner. There was a variety of speakers, ranging from archaeologists to artists based in, or active in research, in the north. The provisional programme can be downloaded here.