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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #150 on: January 28, 2009, 03:30:53 PM »
Sorry for getting the name wrong Parmoor not Parmer. I thought that's what was said when I was introduced to him, in fact everyone just called him Milo if I remember rightly. I think the collection is in storage at Dudley at the moment. But when it was given over to Dudley it was with the expressed wish, that it came out on display, at regular times. If I remember rightly we had about 140 pieces in my studio altogether. The catalogue, really could not show the whole body of the collection. Keith Cummings had worked tirelessly on his research of Walter. I look back and think what a lucky person I must be, to be able handle the glass and have an expert in Keith next to me answering any question I threw at him regarding the it. I suppose not many people get that chance. I have no real knowledge of glass, but one thing I have come to appreciate, I know when I photograph good glass, and this collection is beyond good.
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #151 on: January 28, 2009, 04:42:51 PM »
Further to my earlier ,essage about the Stuart Crystal factory site ( not Red House Cone) , it appears a demolition contract for £190k has been place with a 19 week timescale by the developer see http://www.lawsongroupltd.co.uk/demolition_projects_stuart.html.
Perhaps a local member can advise if this has started.......
Stephen. :mus:


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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #152 on: January 28, 2009, 05:27:27 PM »
The Glass Association has made a hard-copy version of their petition available:

www.glassassociation.org.uk/Broadfield-Petition.pdf

Please feel free to download the form and collect signatures on behalf of the Glass Association.

I have been asked to stress that people should only sign one of the two Glass Association petitions. In other words, you should sign either the online petition or the hard-copy version, but not both.
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #153 on: January 28, 2009, 05:39:30 PM »
Quote from: Lawson Group (the demolishers)
The site is located next to a working canal and adjoins a listed building.


I was a little shocked to begin with - but see that the listed building is remaining. I believe this site would have been large enough to house a museum like Broadfield House, but I imagine the prospects are quite remote if a developer has already taken possession. Somewhat short-sighted by Dudley Council?

I also question the speed in which this proposal is being moved forward. From the first announcement on 5th Jan. to the final decision on 22nd Feb. is indecent haste for such an important decision, affecting a museum of international renown. Why has there been no consultation - and if there has, why were certain people [seemingly] kept out of the loop?

It seems the plans have been kept covered up - if so, what reason? As Simon states, if a purchaser/developer has already been lined up, then questions should be asked why this whole operation has been handled in such an underhand way.

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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #154 on: January 28, 2009, 06:36:50 PM »
NEW WEBSITE

A new website has been launched for the Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum. It will also serve to provide everyone with a focus concerning the closure/removal of Broadfield House. Very much work in progress, but the basics are there.

http://www.FriendsofBroadfieldHouse.co.uk

Please feel free to direct any news or announcements here so that the information can be posted.

This message will also be posted in the Museum Café if anyone wishes to comment, or offer suggestions on the site, rather than in this thread.
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #155 on: January 28, 2009, 09:36:05 PM »
Further to my earlier ,essage about the Stuart Crystal factory site ( not Red House Cone) , it appears a demolition contract for £190k has been place with a 19 week timescale by the developer see http://www.lawsongroupltd.co.uk/demolition_projects_stuart.html.
Perhaps a local member can advise if this has started.......
Stephen. :mus:
Its all boarded up with a gate some of the buildings have been burnt down, alot has gone. It looks the same as on google earth view as far as I can see. I went to Broadfield and did some shots outside with Allister Malcombe looking p*%ed off for the local paper so if anybody wants some let me know. I will swing by the old stuart site tomorrow at some point (if I can see my hand in front of my face..FOG!! here today.) and do the James Bond bit. 8)
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #156 on: January 28, 2009, 10:52:23 PM »
Extract from the petition:

Signatory no 472   David Whitehouse   USA   Jan 28, 2009

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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #157 on: January 29, 2009, 09:09:29 AM »
Extract from the petition:

"As an inhabitant of London. but with roots in the Midlands, am aware of how the Regions so often complain about the lack of attention they perceive they receive in arts and culture in comparison with the capital: Bad decisions like the one proposed above only go to reinforce the impression that Regions aren't always very serious about their cultural heritage in any case..."

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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #158 on: January 29, 2009, 12:05:02 PM »
Hi everyone,

in order to make the Friends of Broadfield House web site as complete as possible could I ask that not only is the text of letters from Councillors forwarded but your original letter as well. Assuming you are prepared to make either public.

At the moment it is a bit like hearing one end of a telephone call. Also it will help others with their own letter writing.


All the best


Ettiene

Info should be sent to campaign [the at sign] friendsofbroadfieldhouse.co.uk


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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #159 on: January 29, 2009, 12:33:22 PM »
Another spanner in the Works?
One fact I have not seen referred to in all these "plans" of Dudley Council, who were planning to move the Museum contents to "The Red House Cone Site" is that Waterford Glass, I believe, still owns or controls part of the site. The factory shop, namely.
At 12noon today, bids closed for the assets and brands of Waterford, including Stuart Crystal and Edinburgh Crystal.
So it looks as if Dudley Council had not factored this in, (unless they have bid for the complete ownership of the site themselves!). More uncertainty.

How on earth can they take a proper informed decision at the Council meeting in March? It will take at least 3 months for Deloitte the Administrators to sort out the sale of the Waterford assets.
The only sensible thing for Dudley Council to do, is to announce a six month moratorium and consultation process, which should have been done at the outset!
Stephen.

 

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