I take it, Adam, that it was you who contacted Ian Jones? :thup:
What a lovely thing for him to do, actually taking the time to visit, and send such a strong and authoritative report - absolutely brilliant, both of you. :ghug:
All Ian's work - I'm just the messenger , but many thanks for your kind words, Sue, which I will pass on to Ian
Ian Jones has also written to Councillor Caunt, and given me permission to reproduce his letter below:
From: Ian Jones
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:12 AM
Subject: Broadfield House
Dear Councillor Caunt
I am e mailing you about what is now a pretty well-worn topic - the possible move of Broadfield House Glass Museum to the Red Cone site. I sent a long e mail to Councillor Shakespeare and it would not be fair to subject you to another long one. All I will say is that, in my view, the Museum should stay where it is rather then move to an inferior site. The Red Cone site is too small to accommodate both a world class museum and what is already there now. Apart from other deficiencies, the site is difficult to access physically - certainly from the main road. I have tried.
I appreciate I am not a Dudley Councillor who has difficult financial decisions to make and I am sure that the Councillors who have been discussing the possible move have the best of intentions. However, could I just make two comments? Firstly, the Museum has an international reputation and the move to a poor site, to the detriment of the collection would provoke an international reaction and unwelcome publicity for the Council. Secondly, feasibility studies are a quick, but not painless, way of relieving Councils of their money, to no worthwhile end. I know, I have, to my shame, done them.
I could also add that as a visitor attraction the Red Cone is a very limited one - when I was there a couple of weeks ago videos were not working or were poor and one learned little about glass. The Cone itself is marvellous, but it is a wasted asset. It would be better to spend a few pounds on improving the Red Cone rather than throwing it away on a feasibility study.
My only qualification for writing to you is that I am the secretary of an international museums committee, part of the UNESCO set up, and people who are concerned about the future of the Museum have been in touch with me. I went to have a look myself, and I share their concerns.
To be honest, the proposal is not worth the candle.
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