The Glass Drawing Room Virtual Reality Experience Preview

A virtual reality view of an ornate room with a gold candle holders, mirrors, and a door in the back.
May 19, 2021 7:00 pm–8:00 pm

Curator Christopher Maxwell and Digital Media Producer Mandy Kritzeck provide a sneak peek of the Museum’s first virtual reality experience—a digital recreation of the celebrated Northumberland Glass Drawing Room. Explore the 18th-century drawing room as initially designed and learn more about the process of researching and developing the virtual representation.

Ennion members and invited guests, look for the link to register for this event in your email soon.

About the Glass Drawing Room

Step into the dazzling world of the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in this sparkling recreation of the glass drawing room at Northumberland House, London. Explore every corner of this now-lost interior and see the mirrored glass panels come alive in candlelight.

Designed for Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland (1714–1786), by celebrated architect Robert Adam (1728–1792), the room was subsequently altered and finally dismantled in 1874, before the house was demolished. It has not been seen in its original form for 200 years, until now.

The virtual space was developed using the architect’s original design drawings, now housed at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. The digital recreation also draws from the surviving glass panels at the Victoria & Albert Museum and furniture from the original room in the collection of the Duke of Northumberland, as well as objects from the collections of the National Trust and The Corning Museum of Glass.

This experience was created as part of the exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain During the 1700s, on view May 2021–January 2022.

About Ennion

Ennion is an unparalleled cultural network, whose members play a crucial role in ensuring the Museum’s ability to fulfill its mission—to inspire all to see glass in a new light.

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