PAPERWEIGHT COLLECTORS CIRCLE
WHAT MEMBERSHIP OFFERS YOU
|updated 3 August 2013
Membership of the Paperweight Collectors Circle offers the following:
The Newsletter. 3 issues per year of our full colour, professional quality Newsletter delivered to your home. The Newsletter is A4 size, contains at least 20 pages, and includes articles about paperweights, paperweight makers, and paperweight collectors.
Meetings. The opportunity to attend at least 4 meetings per year in the UK. These are held in various locations, and usually includes one in Cambridge (the AGM); one in the South East; one in the South West; and one in the Midlands. Our meetings are friendly and sociable events, where you can meet fellow collectors and hopefully learn more about paperweights. Youc an bring paperweights along for identification. At each meeting we have a talk from one of our collectors, makers or other experts in related fields. There are also paperweight dealers present, so you will be able to see, discuss and handle hundreds of paperweights - and maybe buy one or two!
Trips. Specially organised trips to places of interest to paperweight collectors. These take place every few years. In 2003 a group went to Venice, and in 2004 we visited Poland (parts of Bohemia and Silesia). In 2007 we went to France, Belgium and Germany(including visits to Baccarat, St Louis and Val St Lambert, and a garden party in Cologne hosted by local PCC members). In 2009 we went to Bavaria. We have been pleased to welcome both European and American members on our trips.
Exhibitions. We organise public exhibitions, usually once a year in conjunction with Broadfield House Glass Museum in Dudley. In 2005 we also held a 25th Anniversary exhibition at London Olympia, and in 2013 a major weekend event on the work of the Ysart family, including an exhibition of over 400 paperweights.
Social events. Most years we hold a summer Garden Party, hosted by PCC members, where you can meet fellow collectors and see the private collection of whoever has volunteered to be the host that year. In some years we have a Christmas Meal and party.
Access to expertise and archives. As a member you get access to the Members' Area of the website. We are in the process of building an archive of paperweight related articles, information, video clips, books and so on, and where possible this material will be made available or listed in the members'area. There are back copies of the first 100 issues of the Newsletter, and many videos available for hire.
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