Join renowned glass authority, Andy McConnell (BBC’s Antiques Roadshow fame) for an entertaining afternoon of insights into this mesmerising material. In show-and-tell style, Andy will identify and demystify a selection of historic glass objects.

McConnell explores the catalytic effect that glass has had across the range of human endeavour since the Renaissance: through science, medicine and technology to architecture, travel and communications.

Where, for instance, would we be without spectacles, light bulbs and windscreens? How many of us would be alive if it were not for the identification of germs and microbes through the use of microscope lenses? And how pleasurable would life be without window glass and loft insulation? Without glass, we would have no computers, televisions, films, telephones…

Glass is a magical substance whose role in transforming our lives is both immeasurable and almost entirely unrecognised. This talk attempts to put this omission to rights.

A specialist glass dealer, Andy runs Britain’s largest antique and vintage glass shop, Glass Etc., together with his wife Helen in the Sussex seaside town of Rye. He has also lectured and published widely on the subject and was the first glass specialist recruited to BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow. This event coincides with the exhibition ‘GLASS: art design architecture’ at QUT Art Museum, and is supported by JamFactory and QUT Institute for Future Environments.

Andy McConnell is a keynote speaker at QUT IFE and The University of Queensland supported event, The Australian Microbeam Analysis Society (AMAS) 14th Australian Microbeam Biennial Symposium 6 – 10 February 2017.

This event is free, however registrations are essential.


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