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Offline Janet H

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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #50 on: March 30, 2010, 09:04:59 PM »
The setting up of The British Glass Foundation is a historic moment, recognising the 400 year old glass heritage of Stourbridge Glass. It is important to keep the glassmaking legacy alive in our area, by encouraging and supporting glass artists. This is the most exciting development that has happened, since the campaign to save our glass heritage began over 12 months ago.


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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #51 on: March 30, 2010, 10:00:47 PM »
Can you tell us more about The British Glass Foundation please Janet?


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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #52 on: March 31, 2010, 08:36:38 AM »
The British Glass Foundation is a group founded at the V & A in London on the 25th February 2010. It is a group of national bodies such as benefactors of Broadfield House Glass Museum, the glass association, glass experts, the president of the Friends of Broadfield, glass experts, local business people as well as David William-Thomas whose family owned Stevens & Williams and then Royal Brierley Crystal. Steven Pollock-Hill President of British Glass 2010 said "The meeting on 30th March 2010 will be a focus point for all those that want to preserve the history and heritage of the Stourbridge area to retain its heritage in a suitable location, from those who are interested in glass locally and nationally. The British Glass Industry Federation gives it its full support".

After working on the campaign for over 12 months - I believe yesterdays meeting was a positive breakthrough to keep the legacy of glassmaking alive in the Stourbridge area. :hiclp:


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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #53 on: April 03, 2010, 08:56:24 AM »
An article in local paper 2nd April 2010 called Axe-threat museum landmark weekend.



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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #54 on: April 30, 2010, 08:20:59 PM »
Hello,

In Mondays issue of the Express and Star 26 April 2010, it was reported that the council are aware that the Red House Cone is suffering 'ongoing deterioration' and that it has been placed on the 'at risk' register.

Amazing how on the ball these people are. I seem to remember drawing attention to this problem sometime last year, along with a number of other people.

However, although this may be problematic, you will all be pleased to hear that it is being monitored by the highly technical system of "The day-to-day management of the site involving the visually monitoring the condition of the building.". Yes, John Miller, Director of Urban Environment is content with this since "... the council's nominated structural engineer does not have any immediate concerns.....".

What does this mean? That if work starts on DMBC's proposal to move the collections to a 'suitable world class site' (of our choosing), the Red House Cone, any building work could bring on the implosion of the building? Or, does it mean that it is robust enough to withstand any day-to-day vibration experienced when juggernauts pass by? Or that, as is well known about glass cones, and the reason that this example is only one of four left in the UK, that the building could give out overnight with no notice?

If you think that this is scare mungering then ask what is being done to maintain the credibility of the structure and what was done in the past to keep cones standing. Unfortunately, the remedies of the past cannot now be used, since they are against Health and Safety (for once for good reason, because of their flammability), but apparently nothing is possible in its stead. Visual inspection is no remedy, and frankly, would IMHO make DMBC palpable should anything untoward happen, since they have been warned.

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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #55 on: May 09, 2010, 02:09:06 AM »
I've just seen something that may, or may not, be of help to the Brioadfield cause.

On the latest edition of the Jonathan Ross show he revealed that it's one of his life's ambitions to have a go at glass blowing (this brings to mind the time that Vic Bamforth sent Jonathan Ross a painted Graal).

It would be great if someone could arrange for Jonathan to visit Broadfieldand or the Red House Cone and receive a master class from Alllister Malcolm or Vic. Obviously this would give the Broadfield cause some much needed publicity.

Considering the contacts that some GMB members have with the BBC, is there any chance of putting any of these ideas into action?
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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #56 on: May 09, 2010, 11:06:36 AM »
Great idea David,

We will see what we can do!

Update on Kingswinford local elections - Many thousands of leaflets were put out about our glass heritage, but having a local elections on General election day resulted in the Conservative Cllrs that voted budget cuts to close Broadfield being voted back in.

We also have gained 2 local Conservative MPs.

JH

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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #57 on: July 29, 2010, 01:26:53 PM »
I see that there was an article in the Stourbridge newspaper on 14 July 2010. I fear that this topic has gotten "buried" on the GMB, and I'd like to see it placed at the top of the home page once more so that readers from afar can follow the latest news.
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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #58 on: July 29, 2010, 02:10:03 PM »
Hi James,

 There is a charity being set up at the moment. As soon as we can give you more details we will. A group of organisations and individuals have come together to help secure the future of the glass collections and archives currently held at Broadfield House Glass Museum and Himley Hall.

There is an article on my blog saveourglassheritage.blogspot.com that you may find interesting. It was published in april.

JH

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Re: Broadfield House Glass Museum - the next step...
« Reply #59 on: January 05, 2011, 03:31:02 AM »
Any current updates?

 

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