Art in Glass
Glass has beauty, practicality, functionality and usability. Glass itself is a magical substance, transformed from a natural supercooled molten liquid to a stable material that is transparent and rigid. The discovery of glass transformed the evolution of society.
This exhibition explores the art of decoration on glass. It features exquisite medieval stained glass windows, 17th century drinking vessels and decorative objects from ancient Syria.
Enjoy our micro-exhibition and discover the loveliness of glass. You’ll be blown away!!
Key Exhibition Insights
Artefacts in this exhibition
Many wonderful objects made of glass are in the Abbey Museum collection. All are beautiful in one way or another. Some have colour, design, or decoration, while others have shape and form, and their beauty is in their simplicity. Glass has become a significant part of the human story, both for ulitarian and artistic purposes. It has inspired the creative and challenged the inventive. Glass is truly a thing of beauty.
Where are these artefacts on display?
Most of the artefacts from this exhibition can be found throughout the Abbey Museum while the stained glass is on display inside the beautiful Abbey Church. Browse our Virtual Museum Tour to get a taste of what other treasures you may find on the fascinating journey through 500,000 years of human history. Enjoy!
The Abbey Museum collections contains over 5,000 artefacts. Roughly 800 artefacts are on display in a beautifully curated “time passage” spanning the layout of the Museum. The remainder of artefacts are held in our reserve collection. Click here to read more about future plans for our art gallery.