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The Carnival Glass Society Annual Weekend

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We are delighted to invite you to our annual weekend which is being held in conjunction with the Carnival Glass Society’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition at the Stourbridge Glass Museum where you will see around 300 items of exceptional carnival glass on display including rarities that have not been exhibited before.


Friday 29 September:  18.30 Reception at Stourbridge Glass Museum

Enjoy a welcome drink while you browse the glass museum. 


This will be followed by a talk in the Carnival Glass Exhibition area which takes you on a journey from the inspirations, through the early years of carnival glass making in America to its spread across the world in the 1920s and 1930s; as well as looking at carnival glass from the 1960s onwards when interest from collectors spawned a revival. 


Underpinning the exhibition is a 'Stourbridge Glass Success Story' as it looks at how the pioneers from this area helped spark a craze for carnival glass which spread the legacy of Stourbridge's glassmaking creativity and expertise worldwide. 



(a late afternoon buffet will be arranged at the Premier Inn Kingswinford Hotel as well as transport for the 10 minute journey to the museum and return)



Saturday 30 September: AGM, Glass Sales, Show & Tell Talks and more


Saturday’s activities will be held at Himley Hall  which is an early 17th century country house that was home to the ‘Earls of Dudley’ from 1750. This historic building stands in beautiful grounds and during the day we shall have our AGM, glass sales and other activities in one of its spacious rooms which is decorated in an Art Deco style. 



Saturday 30 September Evening: Dinner at Historic Himley Hall. 


We return to Himley Hall where, after welcome drinks dinner will be taken in 'The Drawing Room' which overlooks the grounds and lake, with light hearted entertainment to follow (coach transfer will be arranged for the journey between the hotel and Himley Hall).


Sunday Morning: Canal boat ride and visit to Red Cone Glass Museum.


For those wishing to round off the weekend on Sunday, there is the option for a canal boat trip along the Stourbridge canal from the historic ‘Bonded Warehouse Wharf’.


After this you can wend your way home or take the opportunity to spend more time at the Red Cone Glass Museum and the Stourbridge Glass Museum, which are only a few minutes from the wharf.



We do hope you will put the date in your diary and join us for this very special weekend. As always members are welcome to join us for any one or all of the programme days.


Whether you are a carnival glass buyer or seller or you just appreciate meeting up with like minded collectors and finding out more about the glass, our annual weekend is definitely an event not to be missed.




The weekend programme is open to Carnival Glass Society members who are invited to attend any one or all of the programme days. The good news is that membership costs from only £14 per year for up to two people for which you will receive:



  • The ability to buy and sell carnival glass at our annual weekend and on the members’ area of our website.


  • Special Carnival Glass Society Events, Trips and Get Togethers to see carnival glass collections and meet with like minded collectors.


  • Our ‘2 for 1’ Fairs Discount Card which gives two members (or one member and a guest) entrance for the price of one ticket at a range of antique fairs across the UK.


as well as a host of other membership benefits. 



Why not ‘Join the CGS’ so that you can come along and enjoy this  special carnival glass event?  ‘Contact Us’ for further information on hotel arrangements and how you can sign up for the full weekend or for individual days, including arrangements for those who have carnival glass to sell. We'd really love to see you there. 

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