Glassmaking in America – 404 Years On
Venue: Ruskin Glass Centre
Date & Time: TBA
Guide: Nick Baker
Price: Free with Festival Pass
In this year when we celebrate the 400th anniversary of glassmaking in Stourbridge it may be surprising to learn that glassmaking in Colonial America pre-dates this by four years! Nick Baker presents an account of the first attempt at industrialisation in the newly founded colony of Jamestown in Virginia, when a primitive factory was built in the hope of exporting cheap glassware back to England. This little known story, which runs in parallel with the somewhat better known tale of Captain Smith and Pochohontas, even has a Stourbridge connection.