National Glass Centre

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00

Free

Glass making is a key element in the history of Sunderland, bringing together its religious, social and industrial heritage.

Ever since Benedict Biscop brought the first glaziers over from Gaul in 674 AD, Sunderland has had a rich glassmaking heritage. Glass making has played an important part in the industrial landscape of the City, with factories such as Pyrex and Hartley Woods, providing employment and economic stability.

Since the decline of these important industries, National Glass Centre at The University of Sunderland has been dedicated to continuing the legacy of glass making, supporting and nurturing new glassmaking talent through The University of Sunderland’s Glass and Ceramics Degree Programme and fostering an enthusiasm and understanding of the material through a rich and varied exhibitions and learning and participation programme.

A real asset to Sunderland… The glass blowing demonstrations are the real highlight but their permanent exhibition on Sunderland’s role in the glass making industry is thorough, well-presented and fascinating.”

Image: SeeIt DoIt Sunderland.

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National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
Sunderland
SR6 0GL

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