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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #170 on: January 30, 2009, 04:00:58 PM »
Nigel,

Thanks for a very illuminating post - more of this ammunition please!

Just one point: can you explain what you mean by the following, please:

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All the people who visit the site to go to Connexions - a goverment job agency

I visited there yesterday, but felt no compunction to visit the Job Centre  ;D

http://www.friendsofbroadfieldhouse.co.uk
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #171 on: January 30, 2009, 05:05:39 PM »

                      HELP SAVE BROADFIELD HOUSE GLASS MUSEUM
                                                 YOUR VOICE COUNTS


Connexions use about a third of the office space at the Red House Cone.


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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #172 on: January 30, 2009, 05:06:58 PM »
Thanks, I wasn't aware of this - it does explain a few things about the visitor numbers.

PHOTOGRAPHS

I have now posted about 16MBs worth of photographs on GlassyEye.com, which may be used for any purpose related to this protest. There are three blocks of photos.

Please ensure that if you post any photograph, then this is made clear (there's no need to credit me as copyright holder). Also, any photographs posted of Broadfield House must be credited as follows:

Photos courtesy Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum

None of the photos are posted for their artistic excellence. They serve a function.
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #173 on: January 30, 2009, 06:00:50 PM »

I am reliably informed that the turnover from the 2008 Biennial was £750,000.

If the intention is to save £240,000 (which has mysteriously doubled from the £120K originally quoted), then as the Biennial is every two years, the argument for the yearly saving of closing Broadfield is probably completely negated. Also: if you take away the museum, then the Biennial is deprecated, meaning less visitors, resulting in a lower turnover.

The implication is that the Biennial creates more than enough profit to cover the cost of running the museum and still saves enough for the councillors to fly around the world on jollies.
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #174 on: January 30, 2009, 10:38:50 PM »
Shameful loss to both area and our heritage
Stourbridge News
11:00am Thursday 29th January 2009


I READ with disgust the news to close Broadfield House Glass Museum. This museum is central to Stourbridge’s identity as a significant centre of glass and without it we will cease to attract numerous visitors to the area. Whilst the council could argue that the Cone provides a suitable alternative location, anyone that has visited both sites would agree that this is rubbish. Broadfield House is a beautiful, tranquil location and I know many thousands of pounds have been spent in the past making it a secure location. This money would now need to be spent at the Cone. I would guess that the decision to close the museum is centred on the development potential of the land which would generate a sizeable lump sum for the council should the land be sold!

As a descendant of George Woodall, one of the notable cameo glass makers in Stourbridge, and owner of a piece of George Woodall Cameo glass, for many years our family piece has been displayed in the museum. My brother, Christopher Perry wrote a book on George Woodall and was instrumental in launching a unique exhibition of Woodall cameo glass at the museum several years ago. This history cannot be lost to cost cutting bureaucrats and with this in mind I feel certain that should Dudley Met close Broadfield House I would have no hesitation, out of protest, offering the piece to one of the national museums rather than to support this disgraceful move. What a shame and a loss to the area.

V Perry Wollaston

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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #175 on: January 30, 2009, 10:43:11 PM »
And on the heels of this announcement, I also meant to relay this mildly worrying news: while at Broadfield House on Thursday, I heard that two people had already called in personally to ask for their loan pieces back.

Hopefully this will not escalate into a full-scale withdrawal of any important collections!
David
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #176 on: January 31, 2009, 10:50:53 AM »
Yes David, as I posted earlier  executives of two major collections, have shown concerns. About 4.5 milloins pounds worth of glass
Simon Bruntnell (photographer to the Poor & Infamous)


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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #177 on: January 31, 2009, 10:19:48 PM »
Hi Graham,

I noticed you had posted the text and link to a news item that was put on http://www.friendsofbroadfieldhouse.co.uk/ yesterday.

It would be very helpful to Barbara Beadman if you could post a link to the site so that people are directed towards it as well as fowarding any information to her.

The site now contains a great deal of information on Councillors and MPs that can be written to and a few hints and tips on letter writing for those who haven't had to do a formal letter for a while.

Barabara's email address is campaignatfriendsofbroadfieldhouse.co.uk



Thanks




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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #178 on: February 01, 2009, 02:50:22 PM »
I have just sent the following e-mail to The Society of Glass Technology. Although not involving collectors as such, its members support would be welcome. I have queried the society before on a couple of matters and the people there have always been most helpful.

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Proposed closure of Broadfield House
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
Following the announcement by Dudley Council to close Broadfield House and shoe-horn the collection into an inferior site at the Red House Glass Cone, I feel it is necessary to notify as many people as possible to this alarming fact.
 
Could I trouble you to alert your members to this troubling news?
 
There are three sites worth visiting, all inter-linked:
 
www.friendsofbroadfieldhouse.co.uk
www.gopetition.com/online/24751.html
www.glassassociation.org.uk
 
The support of members from The Society of Glass Technology would be most welcome, particularly in signing the petition!
David
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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #179 on: February 01, 2009, 09:27:26 PM »
Following on from David's posting of his photos as to what will be lost if BHGM goes, here is a page about the BH paperweights collection:  http://www.justglass.co.uk/Gallery/BDH/index.htm

 

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