The Turner-Wood partnership
J M Parker, Vanessa Pearce and Shona Walker
University of Sheffield, UK
The role that Prof WES Turner played in the stimulation of Glass Technology in the 1900s in the UK and indeed internationally has been extensively written about. Less well known is the story of Frank Wood, one of the Wood Brothers of Barnsley. And yet it was Frank Wood who became the first president of the Society of Glass Technology that Turner set up and of which he was the secretary. This talk will attempt to redress the balance explaining the background of the Woods company and its production of both scientific and artistic glassware from the 1800s through to the firm’s demise in 1972. One of the consequences of this partnership was the formation of a Wood library within the University of Sheffield and there is even a Wood medal awarded annually to students. The glass museum displays a little of their output. We will examine the relationship of the strong partnership between these two leaders and the consequences for the running of SGT, the company and the University department.