The glass collection consists of mainly two areas: Historic glass collection and Contemporary glass collection. The historic collection is made up of mainly English and Irish 18th and 19th century glass. Highlights of the collection include drinking glasses showing their development since the end of the 17th century, and a comprehensive collection of decanters which includes many rare marked Irish pieces.
The main strengths of the ceramics collection lie in British and European historic ceramics, Irish ceramics, Oriental and the contemporary. The Irish collection, is representative of all the major potteries in Ireland, including excavated material from the Downshire pottery, Belfast, and First Period and Second Period Belleek porcelain (as well as pieces from the contemporary Belleek ‘Living’ range).