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Lecture: The Impact of Glass with Andy McConnell

Lecture: The Impact of Glass with Andy McConnell

Glass is the greatest substance ever created and yet it remains largely invisible to us, in more ways than one
Andy McConnell

This lunch-box lecture by renowned glass authority, Andy McConnell (BBC's Antiques Roadshow fame), examines the astonishing impact of glass on both our lives and those of our ancestors.

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.

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.

Image: Architectus + Ingenhoven
1 Bligh Street, Sydney, 2009-11
Building owned by Dexus Property Group and Cbus Property
Photo: H. G. Esch


Place Old Government House
Date Friday 10 February
Time 12 – 1pm
Cost Free

January 2017