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Bewdley Festival - 6th to 15th October

celebrating 30 consecutive years in 2017

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Andy McConnell

Andy McConnell


The Mercure Hotel

Andy McConnell
The History of British Glass

Fine glass ranks amongst Britain's great creations. Despite a slow start, its quality improved from the late 1600s and gradually became the envy of the world. By 1900, its manufacture employed thousands of craftsmen, many at its epicentre, Stourbridge. Yet a century later, the industry was virtually extinct. This new talk, especially composed for Bewdley Festival, examines the glorious yet ultimately Iamentable story of what was, but is no more.

Andy was the first glass expert recruited to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. He is a witty, spontaneous speaker who delights in sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm.