Our Collectomania exhibitions give visitors the chance to find out more about unusual collections and the interesting people who collect them. The latest Collectomania features Clive Manison, a glass enthusiast and historian who is particularly interested in how the Western world was influenced by Eastern cultures in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
1 June to 30 September – see individual venue for details
Just as the relay of the Olympic torch will link the whole of the UK to the London Games, a stunning glass baton will link events for Glass Games 2012. As well as glass events all over the UK, seven major venues will host a stunning glass baton, created especially for the Games by artist Bruce Marks.
A world record endurance competition. Glass artists Allister Malcolm and Elliot Walker go head to head to compete for the world record. The stopwatch will officially start from the moment a gather of molten glass is taken from the furnace. A test of endurance including a demonstration of the skills of glass blowing. Part of the Interational Festival of Glass www.ifg.org.uk.
Opening times: Museums open at 10am -5pm, the studios will be open to the public 24hrs a day whilst the challenge takes place.
Any charges: Free