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Events Diary - Fairs & Exhibitions

 This page details the fairs that Nigel Benson, 20th Century Glass will be attending

Exhibitions: Details of any exhibitions we are mounting, or are involved in

Dates for your Dairy:
Future glass related events


CAMBRIDGE GLASS FAIR  -  23 September 2012 

Location: Chilford Hall, Linton, Cambridge. Also includes Foyer Exhibition on a superb collection of 17th and 18th century large goblets. Post Code - CB21 4LE




- Summer  19th - 22nd July 2012
- Winter     1st - 4th November 2012
   (All -TBC)


SE21- The Glass &Ceramics Fair - NO LONGER RUNNING

Location: Dulwich College, London - Free car parking. Post Code - SE21 7LD. NOTE: Now under new management having been taken over by Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd


-  11 November 2012

Location: The National Motorcycle Museum (formerly held at The Motor Heritage Museum, Gaydon,)  Post Code  B92 0EJ



Location: Kensington Town Hall, just north of High Street Kensington, and close to the underground station. Parking available under the Town Hall. Post code W8 7NX



Highlighting Hi Sklo - 23 September 2011

There will be an exhibition of Czech designer glass from the post-war era at the Cambridge Glass Fair this coming September. Pieces will be on loan from two collections formed by dealers Nigel Benson and Danny Walker over some years. This will be supplimented by extra items from private collections.

It will be a rare opportunity either within the UK, or elsewhere, to see items that represent the top end of Czech glass design from the late 1950's through to the 1980's.


Detail of a J Svarc clear cut 'Wheatsheaf' charger

Amberina glass desiged by Pavel Hlava c1960


PREVIOUS EVENTS Nigel was involved with:


The well known Arts & Crafts house, Blackwell's, held it's annual historic exhibition between 17 July – 1 November 2009 under the title: James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars: Arts & Crafts Glass-makers, .

This exhibition examined Whitefriars glass from the 1860s through to the 1920s, looking at the ranges developed, its international reputation, and some of the relationships and design collaborations developed by Harry Powell, James Powell’s grandson.

20th Century Glass are very pleased to have been associated with such an important and worthwhile exhibition that gave an insight into the work produced by this extraordinary company during this era.
NOTE: Following a request by the Glass Association all the exhibitors have agreed to have their items photographed for a record of the exhibition to be housed on the Glass Association website. The photography has begun, but the finished captioned pictures will not appear until later this year. 

Decanter, wine glass and finger bowl, all designed by TG Jackson for Powell & Sons, c1870


"GARDEN WITHIN DOORS"  - The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

Tuesday 30 March 2010 - Sunday 25 July 2010

This was an exhibition looking at the use of plants and flowers in the home whilst investigateing the meanings and values associated with indoor plants and focusing on the long 19th century (1800-1914). This naturally encompassed the use of vessels to hold the displays, whether cut, or growing. It was an interesting and enlightening experience and we were very pleased to be associated with the exhibition, having loaned early Powell.



This was held at Edinburgh College of Art which has a long association with glass, particularly with glass engraving, having been set up by Helen Monro (later Monro-Turner). Although attandance was less than hoped the conference was a resounding success, involving people interested in the history of glass and its production both hitorically and contemporary.

There were lectures and demonstrations which were also well attended by current students from the department. There will be more post conference information available at

included: Brian Blench, Stephen Pollock-Hill, Andy Nowson, Geoffrey Seddon, Siobhan Healy, Patty Niemann, Jill Turnbull, Nigel Benson, Simon Cottle, and John Smith


GERTRUDE JEKYLL, Landscape Gardener and Craftswoman:

15 May to 8 September 2013 (Free entry)

Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was one of the most influential garden designers of all time, credited with moving garden design away from the highly formal Victorian garden toward a greater freedom of planting. Drawing on exhibits from across the UK this exhibition will, for the first time, explore her passions and many talents.

As with her garden design, the glass that she required for her own use and which created the Munstead series of vessels for flower display, was associated with the Arts & Crafts. Indeed whilst Jekyll's designs for glass employed simple forms they ran the gammit of looking forward to the twentieth century (as with the vase illustrated) through to borrowing from the past.

Nigel Benson is delighted to be able to help support this exhibition through the loan of examples of Gertrude Jekyll's glass designs fom the Munstead series made by James Powell & Sons and retailed through James Green & Nephew in 1884.

There will be a number of talks hosted by The Lightbox in Woking, Surrey, where the exhibition takes place. For more details please see


A rare 'straw opal' vase Munstead series of glass designed by Gertrude Jekyll, by Powell, c1884

© Pictures and text - Nigel Benson - 20th Century Glass, 2008-2012

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