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STOURBRIDGE GLASS MUSEUM – HOW IT CAME INTO  BEING

A brand new book by Graham Fisher MBE is now available to purchase in the museum at £10 per copy with all proceeds going to the charity.

Stourbridge Glass Museum; how it came into being by Graham Fisher (with a Foreword by Lynn Boleyn MBE) is a comprehensive and absorbing account of how Stourbridge Glass Museum was created on the vandalised and burnt-out site of the former Stuart glassworks in Wordsley.

Graham’s new work covers the intense period of just thirteen years – a remarkably quick timescale – from BGF’s formation through to the official opening in 2023 of a brand-new, purpose-built canalside facility that will conserve and promote both the heritage and the future of local glassmaking for generations to come.

Graham Knowles, Chairman of the British Glass Foundation said: ‘Graham has captured the essence of creating what we consider is a ‘People’s Museum’ from the relics of a former glassmaking site that, more than 20 years after its closure, is still regarded locally with great affection. His latest book is a fascinating narrative in its own right but his recording of how we arrived here will doubtless prove of immense value to researchers and historians yet to be born’.

HRH ROYAL OPENING

HRH The Duke of Gloucester formally opened Stourbridge Glass Museum on 19 April 2023.  Full details are in GlassCuts Supplement 220 HRH Opens SGM

LANDSCAPING WORK

Landscaping work at the entrance to the museum started on 8 February and was completed on 25 May 2023 with a spectacular lighting structure created and installed by Simworx of Kingswinford.  The landscaping work was undertken by Jack Moody Landscaping & Civil Enginnering Limited of Wolverhampton and the project was funded by FCC Communities Foundation and will greatly enhance the frontage to the museum.

https://fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk/

CHRIS AND MAX DAY IN THE HOT GLASS STUDIO

Chris Day in Hot Glass Studio 8.10.22 

Chris and Max Day

ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY DISCOVERING BRITAIN

Heart of Glass article by Rory Walsh here:

Royal Geographical Society – Discovering Britain June22 – Stourbridge_

 

Photography by David Rowan

INTERNAL FIT OUT BEGINS!

The fit-out work at the new museum commenced on 4 January 2022 and will be completed on 25 February.  The glass items will then be moved into the new cabinets in March.  Stourbridge Glass Museum is due to open to the public on 9 April 2022. You can see the progress here:

 

Danny Lane Variable Theme Console Glass Table 9.3.22

 

Where In The World Map 8.3.22

 

Starting to fill the glass cabinets 8.3.22

 

New Glass Cabinets 8.3.22

 

8.3.22

 

New Signage 21.2.22

 

Glassmaker’s Chair 15.2.22

 

White House Glassworks

 

Interactive Map 15.2.22

 

Create Your Own Cameo Glass Interactive

 

Ollie with Stuart Crystal Sign 4.2.22

 

Upstairs Glass Cabinets 19.1.22

 

Upstairs AV

 

Downstairs AV

 

Downstairs Touchscreen 19.1.22

 

Downstairs Touchscreen Shells 19.1.22

 

Sign inside Museum

 

Museum Space 18.1.22

 

Stuart & Sons Sign at new Museum

 

Stuart & Sons Sign from upstairs 17.1.22

 

Stuart & Sons Sign 17.1.22

 

Showcases being installed upstairs 17.1.22

 

New Reception Area 17.1.22

 

Upstairs Space and New Touchscreen Shell 10.1.22

Downstairs Space 10.1.22

 

4.1.22 Museum Space

THE COLOUR ROOM

The Colour Room premiered at recently and is due to be widely available on the big screen. Our warmest congratulations go to the star of the show, our very own Will Farmer of Fieldings Auctioneers (Stourbridge) and, of course, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Will is afforded free rein to propound the talents of his heroine Clarice Clift in a story of lifelong enthusiasm for her work that goes back to his childhood when ‘the most ‘bizarre cup and saucer I had ever seen … were an instant draw that took all of my hard saved £15 spending money’.  Will goes on to describe how ‘hers was a true rags to riches success story founded on hard work, determination and an unwavering clear vision’.

Learn more of Will Farmer’s passion for Clarice and her output by catching the film or clicking
here:https://fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk/news/225/the-colourroom-tonight-s-the-night

Oh, and by the way, Antiques Roadshow featuring Will and colleagues is back on the box soon.

Cinderella

Sony’s latest blockbuster, Cinderella, already the number 1 film being streamed in the USA and by all accounts destined to be a worldwide cinematic sensation, and right in the middle of it all is the glass slipper made by Allister Malcolm.

You can see Allister making the glass slipper here.

Cinderella, filmed at Pinewood Studios, is now available on Amazon Prime and here is the official trailer.  September 2021.

New Book By Graham Fisher MBE

 

A new Book  – In My Opinion: essays and comment on contemporary social issues is the latest work to hit the shelves from Graham Fisher MBE, who has collated another series of his podcasts for Black Country Radio www.blackcountryradio.co.uk in an eclectic collection covering a period of the recent past right up to the departure of President Trump and the aftermath on Capitol Hill earlier this year.

This is Graham’s 11th book under the ‘Sparrow Publishing’ banner and follows on in similar theme from his Tales From the Barn of 2019. It offers incisive analysis and astute observation on matters that will be welcomed by anyone with an interest in current affairs and contemporary perspectives, but also contains references to glass and glassmaking. His inclusion of postscripts at the end of each chapter bring each account up to date and the work is liberally illustrated throughout. The Foreword is by Zyllah Moranne Brown, Head of Marketing & Communications at Black Country Radio. Mary Spence (Publisher) says: ‘Graham focusses here on topics as diverse as history, philosophy, science, religion, politics and more in a collation of themes all tinged with his usual penchant for the unusual and arcane. Penetrating and thought-provoking, this is Graham at his most incisive in a combination of wit, critique and piercing analysis’.

The book of 136 pages is presented in velveteen-effect hardback with ribbon place-marker and is available through the usual outlets at RRP £15.00 (+£2.50 p&p). However, and hence its mention here, for a limited period it is available direct from the author at £10.00 (+ £2.50 p&p) with proceeds to the British Glass Foundation. Simply use the contact details at https://grahamfisher.co.uk/contact quoting GlassCuts in the header and we’ll do the rest.

Graham Fisher MBE – 7 September 2021

 

Chris Day on ITV Central News 20 August 2021

 

ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY DISCOVERING BRITAIN

Heart of Glass article by Rory Walsh here:

Royal Geographical Society – Discovering Britain June22 – Stourbridge_

VACANCY – PART-TIME VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR

 

VACANCY – MUSEUM MANAGER

Salary £35,000

A unique opportunity for a dynamic cultural leader to become the Manager of the brand new Stourbridge Glass Museum which opened on 9 April 2022 providing an exciting new home for the internationally significant Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council glass collection in an iconic recently restored historic building set in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter funded by ERDF, National Lottery Heritage Fund and others.

Reporting to the Chairman of the charity that run the museum, The British Glass Foundation, the Manager will provide executive leadership to achieve the development of the Museum and a high quality visitor experience. The role will be as a hands on CEO maximising operational and financial performance as a paid entry visitor attraction and marketing and promoting the museum. Maximising the visitor experience will be key with regular events and activities with daily glass blowing demonstrations within the in-house but independently managed hot glass studio. Stewardship is required of the tenancies of several refurbished office and workshop units to secure income essential to the overall sustainability of the Museum.

The Manager will build upon the close relationship with Dudley MBC and work with its museum staff on curatorial and collections development and foster commercially advantageous relationships within the local communities whilst developing initiatives that will help make the Museum a leader in visitor/heritage management.

Museum Manager Job Description and Person Specification: Museum Manager JD – May 2022

Applications should be addressed to:

Graham Knowles, Chairman, British Glass Foundation, c/o Stourbridge Glass Museum, High Street, Wordsley, DY8 4FB or by e-mail to bgf@britishglassfoundation.org.uk 

Please include a covering letter, a full resume and an outline of why you think you are suitable for this role.  You will need to describe how your skills, knowledge and experience match the job outline whilst also explaining your motivation and goals.

The closing date for applications for this role is Friday 17 June 2022.

 

Photography by David Rowan

INTERNAL FIT OUT BEGINS!

The fit-out work at the new museum commenced on 4 January 2022 and will be completed on 25 February.  The glass items will then be moved into the new cabinets in March.  Stourbridge Glass Museum is due to open to the public on 9 April 2022. You can see the progress here:

 

Danny Lane Variable Theme Console Glass Table 9.3.22

 

Where In The World Map 8.3.22

 

Starting to fill the glass cabinets 8.3.22

 

New Glass Cabinets 8.3.22

 

8.3.22

 

New Signage 21.2.22

 

Glassmaker’s Chair 15.2.22

 

White House Glassworks

 

Interactive Map 15.2.22

 

Create Your Own Cameo Glass Interactive

 

Ollie with Stuart Crystal Sign 4.2.22

 

Upstairs Glass Cabinets 19.1.22

 

Upstairs AV

 

Downstairs AV

 

Downstairs Touchscreen 19.1.22

 

Downstairs Touchscreen Shells 19.1.22

 

Sign inside Museum

 

Museum Space 18.1.22

 

Stuart & Sons Sign at new Museum

 

Stuart & Sons Sign from upstairs 17.1.22

 

Stuart & Sons Sign 17.1.22

 

Showcases being installed upstairs 17.1.22

 

New Reception Area 17.1.22

 

Upstairs Space and New Touchscreen Shell 10.1.22

Downstairs Space 10.1.22

 

4.1.22 Museum Space

THE COLOUR ROOM

The Colour Room premiered at recently and is due to be widely available on the big screen. Our warmest congratulations go to the star of the show, our very own Will Farmer of Fieldings Auctioneers (Stourbridge) and, of course, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Will is afforded free rein to propound the talents of his heroine Clarice Clift in a story of lifelong enthusiasm for her work that goes back to his childhood when ‘the most ‘bizarre cup and saucer I had ever seen … were an instant draw that took all of my hard saved £15 spending money’.  Will goes on to describe how ‘hers was a true rags to riches success story founded on hard work, determination and an unwavering clear vision’.

Learn more of Will Farmer’s passion for Clarice and her output by catching the film or clicking
here:https://fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk/news/225/the-colourroom-tonight-s-the-night

Oh, and by the way, Antiques Roadshow featuring Will and colleagues is back on the box soon.

Cinderella

Sony’s latest blockbuster, Cinderella, already the number 1 film being streamed in the USA and by all accounts destined to be a worldwide cinematic sensation, and right in the middle of it all is the glass slipper made by Allister Malcolm.

You can see Allister making the glass slipper here.

Cinderella, filmed at Pinewood Studios, is now available on Amazon Prime and here is the official trailer.  September 2021.

New Book By Graham Fisher MBE

 

A new Book  – In My Opinion: essays and comment on contemporary social issues is the latest work to hit the shelves from Graham Fisher MBE, who has collated another series of his podcasts for Black Country Radio www.blackcountryradio.co.uk in an eclectic collection covering a period of the recent past right up to the departure of President Trump and the aftermath on Capitol Hill earlier this year.

This is Graham’s 11th book under the ‘Sparrow Publishing’ banner and follows on in similar theme from his Tales From the Barn of 2019. It offers incisive analysis and astute observation on matters that will be welcomed by anyone with an interest in current affairs and contemporary perspectives, but also contains references to glass and glassmaking. His inclusion of postscripts at the end of each chapter bring each account up to date and the work is liberally illustrated throughout. The Foreword is by Zyllah Moranne Brown, Head of Marketing & Communications at Black Country Radio. Mary Spence (Publisher) says: ‘Graham focusses here on topics as diverse as history, philosophy, science, religion, politics and more in a collation of themes all tinged with his usual penchant for the unusual and arcane. Penetrating and thought-provoking, this is Graham at his most incisive in a combination of wit, critique and piercing analysis’.

The book of 136 pages is presented in velveteen-effect hardback with ribbon place-marker and is available through the usual outlets at RRP £15.00 (+£2.50 p&p). However, and hence its mention here, for a limited period it is available direct from the author at £10.00 (+ £2.50 p&p) with proceeds to the British Glass Foundation. Simply use the contact details at https://grahamfisher.co.uk/contact quoting GlassCuts in the header and we’ll do the rest.

Graham Fisher MBE – 7 September 2021

 

Chris Day on ITV Central News 20 August 2021

 

ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY DISCOVERING BRITAIN

Heart of Glass article by Rory Walsh here:

Royal Geographical Society – Discovering Britain June22 – Stourbridge_

VACANCY – PART-TIME VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR

 

VACANCY – MUSEUM MANAGER

Salary £35,000

A unique opportunity for a dynamic cultural leader to become the Manager of the brand new Stourbridge Glass Museum which opened on 9 April 2022 providing an exciting new home for the internationally significant Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council glass collection in an iconic recently restored historic building set in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter funded by ERDF, National Lottery Heritage Fund and others.

Reporting to the Chairman of the charity that run the museum, The British Glass Foundation, the Manager will provide executive leadership to achieve the development of the Museum and a high quality visitor experience. The role will be as a hands on CEO maximising operational and financial performance as a paid entry visitor attraction and marketing and promoting the museum. Maximising the visitor experience will be key with regular events and activities with daily glass blowing demonstrations within the in-house but independently managed hot glass studio. Stewardship is required of the tenancies of several refurbished office and workshop units to secure income essential to the overall sustainability of the Museum.

The Manager will build upon the close relationship with Dudley MBC and work with its museum staff on curatorial and collections development and foster commercially advantageous relationships within the local communities whilst developing initiatives that will help make the Museum a leader in visitor/heritage management.

Museum Manager Job Description and Person Specification: Museum Manager JD – May 2022

Applications should be addressed to:

Graham Knowles, Chairman, British Glass Foundation, c/o Stourbridge Glass Museum, High Street, Wordsley, DY8 4FB or by e-mail to bgf@britishglassfoundation.org.uk 

Please include a covering letter, a full resume and an outline of why you think you are suitable for this role.  You will need to describe how your skills, knowledge and experience match the job outline whilst also explaining your motivation and goals.

The closing date for applications for this role is Friday 17 June 2022.

 

Photography by David Rowan

INTERNAL FIT OUT BEGINS!

The fit-out work at the new museum commenced on 4 January 2022 and will be completed on 25 February.  The glass items will then be moved into the new cabinets in March.  Stourbridge Glass Museum is due to open to the public on 9 April 2022. You can see the progress here:

 

Danny Lane Variable Theme Console Glass Table 9.3.22

 

Where In The World Map 8.3.22

 

Starting to fill the glass cabinets 8.3.22

 

New Glass Cabinets 8.3.22

 

8.3.22

 

New Signage 21.2.22

 

Glassmaker’s Chair 15.2.22

 

White House Glassworks

 

Interactive Map 15.2.22

 

Create Your Own Cameo Glass Interactive

 

Ollie with Stuart Crystal Sign 4.2.22

 

Upstairs Glass Cabinets 19.1.22

 

Upstairs AV

 

Downstairs AV

 

Downstairs Touchscreen 19.1.22

 

Downstairs Touchscreen Shells 19.1.22

 

Sign inside Museum

 

Museum Space 18.1.22

 

Stuart & Sons Sign at new Museum

 

Stuart & Sons Sign from upstairs 17.1.22

 

Stuart & Sons Sign 17.1.22

 

Showcases being installed upstairs 17.1.22

 

New Reception Area 17.1.22

 

Upstairs Space and New Touchscreen Shell 10.1.22

Downstairs Space 10.1.22

 

4.1.22 Museum Space

THE COLOUR ROOM

The Colour Room premiered at recently and is due to be widely available on the big screen. Our warmest congratulations go to the star of the show, our very own Will Farmer of Fieldings Auctioneers (Stourbridge) and, of course, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Will is afforded free rein to propound the talents of his heroine Clarice Clift in a story of lifelong enthusiasm for her work that goes back to his childhood when ‘the most ‘bizarre cup and saucer I had ever seen … were an instant draw that took all of my hard saved £15 spending money’.  Will goes on to describe how ‘hers was a true rags to riches success story founded on hard work, determination and an unwavering clear vision’.

Learn more of Will Farmer’s passion for Clarice and her output by catching the film or clicking
here:https://fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk/news/225/the-colourroom-tonight-s-the-night

Oh, and by the way, Antiques Roadshow featuring Will and colleagues is back on the box soon.

Cinderella

Sony’s latest blockbuster, Cinderella, already the number 1 film being streamed in the USA and by all accounts destined to be a worldwide cinematic sensation, and right in the middle of it all is the glass slipper made by Allister Malcolm.

You can see Allister making the glass slipper here.

Cinderella, filmed at Pinewood Studios, is now available on Amazon Prime and here is the official trailer.  September 2021.

New Book By Graham Fisher MBE

 

A new Book  – In My Opinion: essays and comment on contemporary social issues is the latest work to hit the shelves from Graham Fisher MBE, who has collated another series of his podcasts for Black Country Radio www.blackcountryradio.co.uk in an eclectic collection covering a period of the recent past right up to the departure of President Trump and the aftermath on Capitol Hill earlier this year.

This is Graham’s 11th book under the ‘Sparrow Publishing’ banner and follows on in similar theme from his Tales From the Barn of 2019. It offers incisive analysis and astute observation on matters that will be welcomed by anyone with an interest in current affairs and contemporary perspectives, but also contains references to glass and glassmaking. His inclusion of postscripts at the end of each chapter bring each account up to date and the work is liberally illustrated throughout. The Foreword is by Zyllah Moranne Brown, Head of Marketing & Communications at Black Country Radio. Mary Spence (Publisher) says: ‘Graham focusses here on topics as diverse as history, philosophy, science, religion, politics and more in a collation of themes all tinged with his usual penchant for the unusual and arcane. Penetrating and thought-provoking, this is Graham at his most incisive in a combination of wit, critique and piercing analysis’.

The book of 136 pages is presented in velveteen-effect hardback with ribbon place-marker and is available through the usual outlets at RRP £15.00 (+£2.50 p&p). However, and hence its mention here, for a limited period it is available direct from the author at £10.00 (+ £2.50 p&p) with proceeds to the British Glass Foundation. Simply use the contact details at https://grahamfisher.co.uk/contact quoting GlassCuts in the header and we’ll do the rest.

Graham Fisher MBE – 7 September 2021

 

Chris Day on ITV Central News 20 August 2021

 

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