Charles Hajdamach is a former Director of Broadfield House Glass Museum (1974-2003) and one of the top authorities on glass in the country. Author of British Glass 1800-1914 (1991), 20th Century British Glass (2009) and contributor to numerous books and magazines. He lectures internationally to glass museums and collector’s societies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, and a member of the Arts Advisory Board at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. He is also president of the Glass Association which he was instrumental in founding.
Champagne is more than a drink, it is an institution, used to celebrate the special private and public occasions in life. This history deals with the story of the industry over four centuries, the social aspects including the champagne riots of 1911, its popularity in Britain from the 1660s, champagne collectables, and paintings, posters and adverts of people enjoying champagne. It all started with Dom Perignon’s famous remark, “Come quickly! I am tasting stars”.