The Carnival Glass Society(UK)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Devoted to the collecting and accurate documentation of Carnival Glass

Welcome to the home of the Carnival Glass Society (UK) 


This UK based Society was formed by a small group of collectors in 1982 and has grown to have members in countries across the world. We are passionate about collecting, spreading awareness and appreciating the beauty of Carnival Glass. We encourage research into its history and circulate information through our publications.

Visit our Spectacular Exhibition of Carnival Glass


from the Anthony and Maureen Ward Collection

on display at 78 Derngate, Northampton


at the Amazing ‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh’ House


1 February to 28 April 2019

In 1916, when famous artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh remodelled 78 Derngate for its new owner, famous model maker Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke, carnival glass was at the height of its popularity. Look out for items in this magnificent display that reflect Mackintosh’s designs including stylised flowers and striking geometric lines. 


(Click here for further information about the exhibition, location and opening times).


If you have already visited the exhibition and want to know more about carnival glass, then read our Guide to Carnival Glass. 


Exclusive Benefits of Carnival Glass Society Membership


  • Forty page quarterly newsletter packed full of interesting articles, new research, the latest finds by members, ‘dates for your diary’ and information on trips and events. More info.

  • Trips and events which are exclusive to CGS members. More info.

  • Invitations to gatherings at members’ houses to see their carnival glass collections and meet with other carnival glass collectors. More info.

  • The Carnival Glass Society Market Place in the members’ area of our website where members can list items of carnival glass that they would like to buy or which they have to sell.

  • Two for one admission discount at many major antique fairs around the UK. 

  • Invitation to attend the CGS annual weekend held each September with lectures, talks, displays and sales of carnival glass, raffles, evening dinner with entertainment and much more. Details.


Membership starts from only £14 for up to two people. Join us by going to the Join the CGS’ tab where you can download an application form or subscribe with PayPal. 

And if you join before 24 March, you can take advantage of our Special Membership Offer.


Why not buy a membership gift for a friend or loved one to celebrate that special occasion? Click here to learn more about our special gift membership packages.




Important dates for your dairies



Exhibition of Carnival Glass at 

78 Derngate, Northampton

1 February - 28 April 2019


Wirral Get-together / Open House

6 April 2019


Haworth Gallery, Accrington - 

Tiffany Collection

7 April 2019


Hampshire Get-together / Open House

18 May 2019


2019 Society AGM / Social Weekend

13 - 15 September 2019


(Details of 2019 events available here)

Special Membership Offer


Not already a member of the CGS??

If you join the Carnival Glass Society before 24 March 2019,  you will receive a free copy of Newsletter 164 and its associated 16 page ‘Special Research Supplement’ in electronic format .


To take advantage of this Special Membership Offer, simply click on ‘Join the CGS’ and select the type of membership you would like. Membership starts at only £14 for up to two people.  


Discounted admission  charges for CGS members


The Carnival Glass Society UK has negotiated discounted admission charges with the organisers of some of the largest antiques and collectors fairs in the UK. More information in our Members Area.

Newsletter 165 is out

Bounce into Spring with our 165th Newsletter, - and it's a 40 page bumper edition, crammed with articles, research, extraordinary finds and news of up-and-coming events. Click here for more information.


A creative marriage of a rare blue Karhula ‘Britt’ tumbler, on top of a striking small blue Eda Edstrom plate all sitting on a small blue Eda Edstrom bowl.

See more creative marriages such as this one at the exhibition of carnival glass at Derngate.