"To make much better glass ..."
AHG - SGT Joint Study Day
W E S Turner and the story of
a certain University Department
and a certain Learned Society
University of Sheffield
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
My talk will look partly at Turner the man but will then go on to examine the data stored in the
pages of the early editions of the Journal of the Society of Glass Technology. The transactions
of the Society meetings contained there offer a useful supplement to the various histories
written about Turner, providing detailed accounts of the discussions that took place in
developing the department's and SGT's activities.
The papers published in the Proceedings
sections from 1917 onwards also give a clear indication of the issues facing glass makers at
the that period, particularly those associated with WW1. For example raw materials and
refractory issues are prominent in early volumes but more surprisingly so are papers on
lampworking. The latter were undoubtedly linked to classes Turner organised for returning
serviceman after WW1. Some examples of how Turner and his colleagues were able to
assist the glass makers of the time in developing their products will complete the presentation.