University of Sheffield, Turner Museum of Glass

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The Turner Museum of Glass is one of the UK's most interesting and comprehensive collections of nineteenth and twentieth century glass.

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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Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

All visitors, including parties of up to twenty, are welcome. If you have to travel a long distance you should contact Jim Smedley to confirm the details of your proposed visit.

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.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • 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.

University of Sheffield, Turner Museum of Glass
Department of Engineering Materials
Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin St
South Yorkshire
S1 4DU



Jim Smedley, Departmental Superintendent


0114 275 4325


0114 282 5491

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