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Offline sph@ngw

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"This is Glass" by Jim Frost
« on: January 11, 2007, 11:41:16 AM »
Back in my youth, (late 1970's) I was involved with the London Science Museum Glass Gallery which was a joint Glass Manufacturer's Federation of 10 Portland Place, and The Science Museum.My father had been on the original organising Committee that came out of the Festival of Britain (1952).

Four years later I was asked to chair the Committee and one event we organised each year were the
"This is Glass" Jim Frost Lectures. These lasted about an hour and were run by Professor Jim Frost a cross between "Jim" from the Vicar of Dibley, Tommy Cooper and a kind uncle, from early December for ten days, and science masters of local schools booked their physics and chemistry classes in each year!

He demonstrated  the properties of glass by live experiments, (many of which went wrong in the middle much to the hilarity of the school audience of about 500 school children, each evening). My committee, together with  British Glass of Sheffield ( the successor of the GMF, which had moved north),commissioned a video of the lecture on VHS. The Corning Museum of New York State have asked to have a dvd copy for their archives, and whilst doing it I wonder if there is a wider audience out there?

Subjects covered were:-
The elasticity of glass and glass fibre (demonstrated by heating up some glass in a Bunsen burner attaching the melted glass to the feathers of an arrow and firing it from a bow across the stage!)
Also dropping a lead weight on greenhouse glass, and on toughened glass. The highlight was the
breaking of some Prince Rupert drops by cutting off the tail at which the drop exploded like a bomb going off and shattered into fine dust like particles! There are about nine different experiments

IF THERE IS DEMAND i WILL GET A QUOTE FOR MAKING 20-50 COPIES, so could anyone with educational science contacts make enquiries. I would hope the dvd would cost under £15 each, and I hold the copyright (via the Glass Educational Trust) who commissioned the video.


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Re: "THis is Glass" by JIm Frost
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2007, 11:45:03 AM »
 :)

Put my name down for a copy. I'd love this!
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Re: "THis is Glass" by JIm Frost
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2007, 12:38:13 PM »
Ohhhhh me too please, Stephen. I would guess you might sell a few of these here on the board!  8)


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Re: "THis is Glass" by JIm Frost
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2007, 01:16:17 PM »
Sounds interesting, yes please.


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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2007, 01:28:31 PM »
Definitely!   :D
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Re: "THis is Glass" by JIm Frost
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2007, 09:02:19 PM »
Jim Frost - wonderful! One of the most delightful and knowledgeable people you could meet. Count me in, Stephen. btw  this link will take you to the duplication centre http://www.duplicationcentre.co.uk/ We use them to copy my DVD and if you call them, ask to speak to Martin, who is very helpful.
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Re: "THis is Glass" by JIm Frost
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2007, 12:44:41 PM »
Thanks aa, I have asked them for a quotation and will advise the forum when I know the price and  availability.
Stephen.

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Re: "THis is Glass" by JIm Frost
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2007, 05:27:05 PM »
Hope you don't mind I am a science teacher and have asked on a forum that we all hang about on.

Maddy ::)

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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2007, 02:45:21 PM »
Any news on this Stephen?
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Re: "THis is Glass" by JIm Frost
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2007, 08:42:25 AM »
Sorry, I have been a bit busy on another project! But i must get a disc for the Nazeing Glass Museum and will post here when I have spares for sale!

 

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