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5,000 years of Glass in 60 minutes ish! Andy McConnell Thursday 30 April 2020

In the light of recent government advice and to safeguard our members, we regret to inform you that this Arts Society Highgate talk has been cancelled.


In making this decision we have been guided by the Arts Society national organisation and we shall keep in touch with them as this crisis progresses to see

what, if any, alternative provision is proposed.


formed by accident 5,000 years ago on an Iraqi beach, glass has gradually evolved into Mankind’s most important creation and its greatest tool in shaping the modern world.

By its nature, glass is virtually invisible and out-of-sight means out-of-mind. As a result, most people are oblivious to its impact on our daily lives. From lenses, though architecture and transport to the fibre-optic cables that connect the world. And that’s not to mention the glass that sits in our hands of an evening!

Lenses enable the poor-sighted to see and scientists to work. Without glass, our homes would be little more than lightless caves, there would be no screens, for cars & planes, televisions or phones. There would be no functional or artistic glassware.

This talk traces the history of glass from its earliest beginnings, demonstrating how its gradual evolution has benefitted us and our forebears. We’d be lost without glass, Mankind’s greatest discovery and tool.

As a scientist once said, ‘Glass is the answer. Now, what’s the question?’