Antiques Explored Session 3 – Cracking Glass: The Story of Early English Drinking Glasses


Morning Course

Cherry Nixon

1 June 2021

£33 includes lunch

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Glass has been around for thousands of years but, from a drinking glass collector’s point of view, it started in England, in the late seventeenth century, with the invention of lead glass.

This informative session kicks-off with a slide assisted lecture in which we trace the development of English drinking glasses from the perfection of lead glass, through to the fashionable wares of the 19th Century.  However, the story is made more memorable by being set in historical context, highlighting the trials of the lives of the Royals.  Following this we consider of the characteristics of an old glass and the methods of identifying and dating it.

Then we roll up our sleeves for a hands-on session which provides a rare opportunity for you to examine a range of early drinking glasses. Friendly, fun and empowering.

Tutor information

Cherry Nixon (BA, PGCE) has been a keen collector for over twenty years. She trained as a teacher of adults in the mid eighties and, determined to follow her heart, created her own course “Learn About Antiques & Collectables” which she taught at Bath and Birmingham Universities and many other colleges. She has produced a video guide for enthusiasts, Dynamic Dating – the guide to dating British ceramics.

She created the country’s first hands-on eBay course “Buying and Selling on eBay for Technological Simpletons” which was featured on Tonight With Trevor MacDonald and she was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s In Business. She is the author of several books on eBay, including eBay for Everyone.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.