New Stourbridge Glass Home Receives Thumbs Up From MP

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Enjoying a glass-making tutorial at the White House Glass Cone with Graham Fisher - a trustee of the British Glass Foundation

The British Glass Foundation are very pleased to announce that their bid to the Heritage Fund (formerly HLF), spearheaded with support from local MP Mike Wood and Dudley MBC, has successfully completed its second stage.

The project to convert the former Stuart Crystal site in Wordsley into a world-class facility and a new home for the renowned Stourbridge Glass collection has been awarded a second-phase grant of £980k to deliver exciting and innovative displays and associated activities in the new White House Cone Museum of Glass which is due to open in August 2020.

Successful completion of this phase will allow internal completion of the skeleton building, which is already complete courtesy of project partners Complex Development Projects Ltd.

Soon after the announcement, Mike Wood visited the White House Cone to congratulate everyone involved in making the bid such a success.

The grant from the Heritage Fund, together with funding raised from other sources, will enable transformation of the building including ground and first floor galleries to exhibit items from the nationally significant glass collections; permanent displays charting the history of the people, products and processes associated with glass production; a flexible activity and learning space for schools, seminars and talks; a hot glass blowing studio and various community-led events and workshops. A temporary exhibition space will allow more of the collection to be put on display as well as items from other museums and galleries.

Speaking shortly after the news broke, Mike Wood, said,: “This is fantastic news for the area and I’m so pleased that the resources have now been made available to develop a world-class home for the famous Stourbridge glass collection.

“The glass-making heritage of Stourbridge and Wordsley is something we should all be proud of and I’m delighted that, thanks to the Heritage Fund and the hard work of all those involved in the bid, local people and tourists from far and wide will have a state-of-the-art museum to celebrate this heritage.”

“This is fantastic news for the area and I’m so pleased that the resources have now been made available to develop a world-class home for the famous Stourbridge glass collection.

“The glass-making heritage of Stourbridge and Wordsley is something we should all be proud of and I’m delighted that, thanks to the Heritage Fund and the hard work of all those involved in the bid, local people and tourists from far and wide will have a state-of-the-art museum to celebrate this heritage.”