Shattered Glass: Illuminating the Past

NM51.55 millefiore bowl

Shattered Glass: Illuminating the Past

From the Bronze Age furnaces of Mesopotamia to the tables of the Roman Emperor Nero, glass was a prized and magical material. Despite its fragility, many beautiful pieces of glass have survived through the ages, some in tombs, some underwater in
shipwrecked cargoes.

This exhibition features 40 glass objects from the Nicholson collection.

It explores the discovery, working methods and use of glass through the ages – uncovering legends and highlighting archaeological discoveries.

23 June 2008 to 26 April 2009