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The Turner Museum of Glass

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The Turner Museum of Glass,
c/o Dept of Materials Science & Engineering,
University of Sheffield,
Sir Robert Hadfield Building,
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


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(The postcode for the centre of
Penistone is S36 6AR.)

Distance from Penistone: 13.9 miles / 29 mins


The Turner Museum of Glass is one of the UK's most interesting and comprehensive collections of nineteenth and twentieth century glass. From drinking glasses to contemporary installations the Museum celebrates the skill and artistry of glassmakers.

One of the exhibits is the wedding dress of Professor Turner's wife (Helen Nairn, married 1 July 1943) which is made of glass fibre, as are the matching shoes. This has been selected as one of the items in the BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects.

Pieces by all the major European and American glassmakers are on display and the collection is unrivalled in its display of work from the 1920s to the 1950s.

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 Materials Science & Engineering where it continues to grow. It is an important resource for research and welcomes visitors from around the world.

Please note that since this is located inside a University building, opening times may vary so please check the website before visiting.


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