Journey Through Glass: Discover The World of Glass Museum

by | Nov 25, 2021 | Explore St Helens

The World of Glass offers a fascinating journey through the history and artistry of glassmaking. With captivating glassblowing demonstrations and two compelling galleries, it’s a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the intricate craft of glass.

Discover Glass History and Innovation

Explore the ‘Glass Roots Gallery,’ which delves into the history of glass and its vital role in everyday life, and the ‘Earth into Light Gallery,’ which highlights how St. Helens became a global leader in glassmaking.

The story begins in 1826 when Peter Greenall, a brewer, and his brother-in-law William Pilkington, founded The St Helens Crown Glass Company. William’s brother Richard soon joined, and after Peter’s untimely death, the company was renamed Pilkington Brothers. This company grew to become a major employer in St. Helens and a renowned name in flat glass manufacturing.

Experience Historical Innovations

Witness the marvel of the Victorian furnace and explore the underground tunnels of the world’s first regenerative glass-making furnace, built in 1887 by William Windle Pilkington. This groundbreaking furnace produced higher quality glass more efficiently, revolutionizing the industry and securing the Pilkington family’s fortune.

Engage in Glassmaking Artistry

At the Hot Studio, you can learn about the complete design and manufacturing process and enjoy live glassblowing demonstrations. The museum also offers tailored educational courses in various glassmaking techniques, including glassblowing, kiln forming, and sand casting.

For those with curious minds, the Mirror Maze is a fun challenge where you can try to find the resident wizard. Don’t miss the chance for some retail therapy at the Artisan Gift Shop, and end your visit with a delicious meal at St Helens’ only canal-side café.

Nearby Accommodation

History enthusiasts will appreciate the proximity of the museum to Lakeside Hotel, just an 8-minute drive away. The 3-star hotel in St. Helens features free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee makers, and Hypnos beds in every room. With free parking, bright décor, and picturesque lakeside views, it is the perfect base for exploring the Merseyside area.

Experience the rich heritage and innovative artistry of glass at The World of Glass for an unforgettable day out!

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