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A collection of 150 vintage glass ships in bottles and new glass artworks go on show for the first time in Scotland.

The exhibition tells a remarkable story of ingenuity. Faced with redundancy following the decline of heavy industry in the 1970s, highly skilled scientific glassblowers in the UK combined their experience making laboratory apparatus in an open flame with artistic flair to create and sell glass ships in bottles. A boom in demand ensued, and by the 1990s tens of thousands of these intricate glass ships were in production. Sadly, growing popularity led to mass-production which, although successful at first, brought about a drop in quality. The craft finally disappeared from the UK in 2005 when the last manufacturer outsourced work to China.

The modern skill of scientific glassblowing, also known as lampworking, began with the invention of robust Borosilicate glass in the 1880s. Today, there are less than a hundred scientific glassblowers left in the UK and the skill is recognised as ‘endangered’ by the Heritage Crafts Association.

Dr Ayako Tani, a glass artist and researcher specialising in the industrial and cultural history of glassmaking at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland will showcase artwork inspired by the heritage of glass ships in bottles and the skills of scientific glassblowing.

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Scottish Maritime Museum: Irvine

The Linthouse Building, Harbour Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8QE

01294 277177

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm

You can now buy tickets in advance from our website

2 metres social distancing is enforced.

Please wear a mask on the premises

Our cafe is now open.

Unfortunately we cannot currently offer tours of MV Kyles or our Tenement Flat.

Visitors will find hand sanitising stations the museum and we’ve increased our cleaning regime across all buildings

As ever, visitor teams will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

Please do not visit the Museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

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£8.50
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