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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #390 on: October 12, 2009, 11:29:08 PM »
Wonderful news Janet, and congrats to everyone!  :hiclp: :hiclp: :hiclp:


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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #392 on: October 13, 2009, 02:47:28 PM »
Well done!

The next phase will be even more difficult. Don't lose the momentum you have gained.

My wife and I look forward to visiting Broadfield House next May.

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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #393 on: October 13, 2009, 03:35:38 PM »



 Great minds think alike!
 here is an email I have just ent to Dudley Council!

Now we must all support Broadfield House to teh full!

Congratulations to all the Dudley Councillors who listened to the massive chorus of protestors against the closure of a much loved and valued Museum of national importance in the world of glass.
I made a suggestion that the Friends of Broadfield House be widened in membership. If 3,000 supporters each made out a standing order for £20 a year, giving them a regular newsletter by email about the Museum, new acquistions, new exhibitions and talks on glass, etc., half the costs would be covered! I had many confirmations of support, and via gopetition, this could be set up.
The Museum has the makings of being the  Best Glass Museum in Europe, and Second Best Glass Museum in the World ( after the Corning Museum of Glass- New York State- which is fabulously endowed financially!
 
It has the potential to put Dudley on the national map as a Must See location, and efforts should be made to ensure that the glass making heritage and tradition of the area is never forgotten. Look at Ironbridge and the Tourism that draws in. Stourbridge Glassmaking predates that by two hundred years!!
The John Ruskin Centre, ( ex Webb Corbett/Royal Doulton Crystal), The Stuart Crystal Cone, and the Broadfield House Museum have the makings of a rich
 "Glass Maker's Quarter and Trail", that many towns would give their eyeteeth to poseess.
I've known the area for over forty years, and now is the time to develop the theme, and build on those foundations for the benefit of local business and tourism, (hotels, restuarnts, gift shops, bus and coach companies.
Some of the old factories still exist ( just!), Stuart and Royal Brierley sites, and income from sale of part of the site should be invested into developing the core areas as
favourable leases to talented glassmakers who can demonstrate the ancient art of glass making.
 
I know as I have just opened a small glass museum here at Nazeing,Essex and am developing successfully open days, lectures, "Hot Glass Visits",etc., and
we only go back to 1928!
The Dudley/ Stourbridge area goes back to  the first glasshouses in Bagot's Park circa 1550-1585, and families like the Hennezels, Tyzacks and Titterys , Henseys and Bagots!
 In fact Dudley should proudly announced "Dudley & Stourbridge, centre of British Crystal for nearly 500 years!"
 Finally look what the BBC webpage shows for the Black Country....
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blackcountry/uncovered/glass.shtml
 The front of the Museum you were planning to close.
So well done again!


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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #395 on: October 13, 2009, 09:00:03 PM »
Broadfield House Glass Museum was today celebrating. Councillor Lowe arrived with champagne and best wishes for the staff and campaigners. We did radio interviews, newspaper interviews and then the TV Crew arrived.

Here is a picture myself and Councillor Lowe - Many thanks to him and Councillor Tyler for all their support.

A Great Day For Broadfield House Glass Museum!

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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #396 on: October 14, 2009, 07:02:11 PM »
Hi All,
If Jan had not banged the drum the way she  did Broadfield house would have gone!!!!
THANK YOU JAN.
Flyboy.

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« Reply #397 on: October 23, 2009, 07:10:08 PM »
Good News at last from Broadfield - Congratulations to Charles Hajdamach on the launch of his new book 20th Century British Glass. The new exhibition is great - please come along to Broadfield to see and enjoy!


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Re: Broadfield House to Close
« Reply #398 on: October 23, 2009, 08:15:53 PM »
Great news,have you got Charles new book at Broadfield House,gives me another reason to visit,Keith.

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« Reply #399 on: October 23, 2009, 09:09:59 PM »
Hi Keith,

Yes book is available at the museum - price £49.50

Hope you enjoy seeing the exhibition.

JH

 

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