Over recent months it has been noted locally that the cone sited on the Red House Cone site has apparently begun to move.
Glass cones have a history of being there one day and gone the next - once they get into a particular condition - that is why there are only four left in the UK. Traditionally, the outside of the cone would be coated with linseed oil in order to seal it from the elements. Arguably, this was an old fashioned type of mastic. Certainly this is something that cannot be done now because of Fire Regulations.
It is also known that tunnels at the base of this Grade 1 Listed Building are in the process of collasping, although at a meeting I attended this week I understand plans to work on them have, or are, going out to tender. This cannot help the stability of the cone.
My concern is that should we fail to get a stay of execution on Broadfild House Glass Museum, or, the ideal of having a World class facility for the glass and its archives in its place, then I wonder if the Red House Cone site could then be closed for major repairs - meaning we loose both
sites. The way Dudley Met Borough Council plans its works I fear that this thought is not impossible! :huh:
Publicity to Broadfield House since January has resulted in visitor figures doubling :hiclp: When you compare figures with RHC site, adjust for the difference in opening hours, and take into account who is visiting the site about glass (and not for any other reason), BHGM now has double the visitor figures of RHC
One of the arguements of DMBC was that they were substantually the other way around!!
To me, one answer is straightforward, if DMBC were ever wondering about the validity of BHGM then the uproar that the proposed move has engendered should have dispelled that. Perhaps the simple answer of good publicity and being well signposted would suffice?
Lastly, DMBC is a small borough with no money for major projects, especially in current financial times. Maybe we should be campaigning to get National funding for what is a locally significant resource of its heritage as well as being nationally and internationally important to the world of glass
Perhaps, this should really be discussed elsewhere on the board, but I felt it was an opportunity to suggest the idea.