The museum for (glass) machines that no longer existThe small building seen in the header, situated to the right and slightly behind the main glassworks building, houses a fledgling museum for older glass "machines", machines that are no longer commonly used.
The museum will be open every day between 10 am and 4 pm, starting Saturday June 17, until and including Sunday August 13.
During the month of May we will be open Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am and 4 pm.
For other times, please book via e-mail email@example.com
We are showing several older machines from the time when the "manual" glassworks were the only glass industry we had, here in Sweden.
The time we are talking about start at the middle 18th century and continues until the
time when fully automated machines became common, during the 1940-50-ies.
Before the fully automated machines existed, every possible glass jar, every window pane and
every drinking glass had to be "mouth-blown". (There was a time when even the glass
bubble for electric bulbs had to be manufactured manually... and that time lasted up until the 1950ies, at the glassworks at Flerohopp)
Certainly, there were sophisticated glass before that time, like for instance this rummer, with a cut and engraved pattern, from the 18th century. It was made at the glassworks in Kungsholmen (a part of Stockholm), and is now part of the collection of the Swedish museum of glass in Växjö.
Glasses like this were not for everyone...
Over time, various tools and machines were developed. They all made it cheaper to manufacture glass pieces, which meant that even "commoners" could afford to own glass.