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During August-September the museum is open Thursdays between 2 and 4 pm, Saturdays-Sundays 10 am to 4 pm. Other days/times possible by booking.

For groups above 15 persons, please book by e-mail kontakt@bergdala-glastekniska-museum.se
Group fee 500 SEK.

The museum for (glass) machines that no longer exist

The 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.

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.

The new machines are not yet on the website, but can be seen on our blog.

Let's take a short tour of our museum:

Starting outside the entrance (by the north gable: turn left from the glassworks), the first you will see is a small exhibition of various applications for sheet glass. Don't miss the car windshield above the door!

Inside the door, to the left, you find a shelf with books for sale. On the doorframe there are brochures for self-guiding.

Here is also where you find our "donation jar": there is no entrance fee, but we welcome donations.

Turning left, you see our two glass presses - one manual and one pneumatic.
In the manual press we have placed a mould giving a patterned outside - a phenomenon which sometimes is called "poor man's cutting".
A curiosity: in the corner there are some prisms that were manufactured ar both Skruf and Bergdala for the underground station T-centralen in Stockholm, inaugurated in 1958.

Along the wall there is a model of a guilloché machine (we are waiting for two real machines...). A small contribution (SEK 5) will make it move!

Continuing along the wall, you wil get to a big bottle mould and a small bottle - the small Absolute bottle has not shrunk in the wash. The mould was used for a special order of 5-litre Absolute bottles some years ago.

To the right, you meet our semi-automatic bottle machine.
Behind it, in the window, there are some typicla bottles. Two of them were made on this very machine.

Pass the pot mould, and you are in the new (for this season) department: here we have out template archive, a machine for screen printing some equipment for photo etching.

Back in the big room: we have created a "treasury" in the niche of the chimney.

You are now standig at the back end of the pantograph. Along the wall we have mounted several pattern templates, patterns which were probably used at Kosta (whence the pantograph comes). A couple of templates were used at Åfors, and at least one was first used at Eda.

Now you have completed the circuit, and are back where you began.
Here you can try a glass-blower's bench and see a collection of blow moulds.
(And our donation jar...)