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Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

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EMAIL: info@nationalglasscentre.com

FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE
BOOK BY PHONE: 0191 568 9700
EMAIL: info@nationalglasscentre.com

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Why are we here?

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

WHY ARE WE HERE?

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.”

Trip Advisor Review, April 2015

With the decline of many of the North East’s major industries, Sunderland has developed pockets of deprivation: 25% of children live in poverty, and the city has higher than average numbers of young people not in work, education or training and of unemployed adults. In 2010 18% of the City was classified as being amongst the most deprived 10% in the UK.

Built on the site of a former shipyard, National Glass Centre aims to celebrate Sunderland’s glass making and industrial heritage, inspire a sense of civic pride and contribute to the economy of our City. We want to inspire the people of Sunderland through contemporary glass and enrich the cultural landscape of our City.


OUR VISION AND VALUES

Our vision is to be a centre of excellence supporting the research, teaching, production, exhibition and enjoyment of contemporary glass.

Glass is at the heart of our Centre and we want to inspire people to find out about this extraordinary material and its links with Sunderland.

We encourage customers and visitors to share our energy and enthusiasm by providing a warm and friendly welcome and inviting them to take part in our many and varied activities.

We push the creative boundaries of glass making by collaborating with a wide variety of artists, organisations and communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and aim to build a community of practice around glass-making.

We nurture people who decide to learn and practise glass making with us, providing them with access to the very best expertise, support and facilities.

We strive for excellence in all our activities and, in particular, we aspire to be an acknowledged leader for our research, teaching, production, exhibition and facilities for glass making.


OUR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Our Centre is thriving. On any given day we might have families making their own glass baubles, world-class exhibitions in our Galleries, schoolchildren learning about the region’s past, students completing work for their Foundation degrees and Leverhulme and Fulbright fellows working on research and international partners.

Nowhere else in the UK can people explore so many facets of one industry or artform in such depth and at so many levels.


IN 2015 WE HAVE:

• Welcomed over 200,00 visitors

• Engaged with over 70 Schools and over 1,700 school children

• Ran creative workshops with over 6,000 young participants

• Worked with 100 local volunteers

• Artist Magdalene Odundo was awarded The Journal Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year for her exhibition Transition II, commissioned and hosted at National Glass Centre

• Ran an arts club for 16 – 21 year olds with the Sorrell Foundation

• Engaged with people with dementia and their carers through a project with Equal Arts

• Developed relationships with Victoria and Albert Museum, Glazenhuis, Pilchuck Glass School and Museum of Glass in Tacoma

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