In light of the most recent government measures to control the spread of Covid-19 virus National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will be closed to the public from 5pm on Wednesday 18 March until further notice. We have taken this decision in the best interests of our audiences, visitors and participants.
We will review the situation on a weekly basis and further updates will be posted on our social media and website channels.
Anyone who has pre-booked for activity or events between 19 March and 17 April will be contacted directly.
For those who have an activity booked after 17 April, we are reviewing the situation on a weekly basis and will contact you nearer the time.
National Glass Centre is part of Sunderland Culture, which is a registered charity. We rely on generous support so that everyone who lives, works or visits Sunderland can experience world-class culture.
Making a donation will help to ensure our City’s cultural offer can emerge from this challenge more vibrant than ever.
You can support us by visiting our Just Giving page.
Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
You’ll never look at, or through, glass in the same way again.
Discover how glass arrived in Britain, how it’s made and how it’s become something we all take for granted at the National Glass Centre. Learn how Benedict Biscop first brought glass making to Sunderland, and Britain, in the 7th Century AD to produce glass for the impressive windows at Bishopwearmouth Monastery.
Find out how the craftsmen of Sunderland went on to produce some of the finest glass in the world for century after century. Marvel at the latest glass and ceramic art from some of the world’s top artists and new artists studying at the National Glass Centre. Then feel the heat of the furnace and witness for yourself the skill of the glass blower during a glass making demonstration.
Keep an eye out for opportunities to have a go yourself by taking part in a glass blowing experience. There’s also regular glass based kids activities, particularly around school holiday times. You can pick up your own souvenir or stunning example of glass art in the gift shop before taking a well-earned rest in the restaurant with its captivating views out onto the River Wear. Top it all off, literally, by taking a walk on the glass roof of the National Glass Centre. Have you got the nerve to look down!