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Spring 2019 Programme

Illustrated lectures by
PIC Charles Hajdamach
Alice is taking a sabbatical this term so we welcome her colleague, Charles Hajdamach, who like Alice is an Arts Society Lecturer. He will give 6 illustrated lectures on the history of glass & glassmaking techniques, from the antique to the contemporary.
The class starts on Monday Feb 11th 2019, with the following Mondays Feb 18th, 25th then March 4th, 11th & 18th.
It will cost £65 for the six 2 hour lectures. They will be held in the Hospitality Rooms (behind the upstairs Circle Bar) beginning promptly at 1.45 pm. There will be a short break for coffee or tea pre-ordered in the Theatre cafe or bring a flask.
Please contact Fiona at to reserve your place.


A fascinating and superbly illustrated survey of the history of glass and glassmaking techniques, including glass made for the Pharaohs, Roman glass and the invention of glassblowing, the major glass centres of Venice and Bohemia, the invention of lead glass and the glories of 18th century glass in Britain. The glass geniuses of Victorian England, international superstars such as Tiffany and Lalique and ending with the contemporary Studio Glass Movement and its star, Dale Chihuly.

Click here for Charles R Hajdamach Biography 2019
After graduating with a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Fine Art from Newcastle University, Charles moved into museum work with his first job at the City Art Gallery in Manchester where he began to rediscover the city's glass industry which had been largely forgotten. After inspiring other enthusiasts to continue his researches, in 1974 he moved to Dudley Metropolitan Borough in the West Midlands where he was in charge of two major glass collections as well as the fine art collections at Dudley Art Gallery and its exhibition programme.

In April 1980 the two glass collections were merged when Broadfield House Glass Museum was opened by Princess Michael of Kent. Under Charles's guidance the museum quickly became one of the top glass museums in the world. He expanded the glass collections from the original 1,000 items to over 10,000 including items of glassmaking equipment and factory pattern books and records.

Today Charles is regarded as one of the top authorities on glass in the country with an international reputation.
He has lectured on glass to museum audiences, studio glass makers societies, glass collector's clubs and the Arts Society in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Gibraltar, South Africa, Ireland, Belgium and Germany.

He also writes extensively on the subject from antique to contemporary glass. His two books, 'British Glass 1800-1914' published in 1991, and '20th Century British Glass' from 2009, remain the standard works on the subjects.

In 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology for services to glass and glassmaking. In 2003 Charles took early retirement from Dudley Council to pursue a free-lance career in glass consultancy, lecturing and writing. In 2009 he was elected as Life-President of The Glass Association of which he was a founder member in 1983. In 2017 he was made Honorary Keeper of Glass for the new White House Cone Museum of Glass which will open in mid-2020. Today he lectures the length and breadth of Great Britain and overseas mainly for The Arts Society as well as for other cultural groups.

Interior of Richardson Glasshouse, Wordsley, circa 1840s.
Stourbridge Cameo Glass 1880s-90s.
Scent Bottles by René Lalique 1920s-30s.
Salmon Macchia Set with Lapis Lip, by Dale Chihuly, American, 1987.

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