Glass expert passes away in New York

David Whitehouse
David Whitehouse

A Worksop born archaeologist and expert on Roman, Islamic and medieval glass has passed away aged 71.

David Whitehouse, who served for 10 years as director of the British School in Rome and then as director of the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York, died from cancer at his home in Corning, New York.

A native of Worksop, Mr Whitehouse grew up in near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and went to King Edward’s school in Birmingham before gaining a PhD in archaeology at St John’s College, Cambridge.

As an archaeologist he was best known for his work at the site of the ancient city of Siraf, Iran, where his team uncovered well-preserved architecture and several million objects dating back to the ninth century AD.

During his 27 years with the Corning, he added some 20,000 items to the museum’s collections. In 2011 he retired to focus on writing and research, becoming the museum’s senior scholar.

Mr Whitehouse leaves behind his second wife Elizabeth-Anne Ollemans, six children and grandchildren.