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Broadfield House Glass Museum is no longer open

Public enjoying an exhibition

#BHGMemory

On the 30th September 2015, Broadfield House Glass Museum closed its doors for the final time. The closure of the museum is in preparation for the new museum at the White House Cone.  

Broadfield House Glass Museum was open for 35 years, 5 months and 29 days and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors, each taking away a unique memory of a rare collection in a special home. To celebrate its legacy we are asking you to share any pictures you may have of the museum.

Using #BHGMemory you can tweet us @Glass_museum or add it to the Broadfield House Glass Museum group on Flickr. By sharing your images you agree to DMBC museum service retaining the image and using it in the future.

The elegant Regency facade of this Grade II* listed historical building provides a clue as to the many attractive architectural found within. 

The historical frontage of Broadfield House Glass Museum
The Regency frontage of Broadfield House

 

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A Farmhouse

The original structure was a two storey farmhouse built in the mid or late 18th century. In the early 1800s this farmhouse was transformed into three-storey block.

The building retains many period features, such as the central staircase. The 18th century threshing barn survives as a glassmaking studio where visitors would watch and wonder at the glassblower's skills.

Display highlighting pieces produced by Richardson and Sons
Decoartive items produced by Richardson and Sons in the late 1800's

 

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Broadfield House today 

When exploring the displays, visitors would discover glass from the 17th century up to the present day, revealing the diversity of glass and the creativity of glassmakers through the ages. From contemporary art to biscuit barrels, it was incredible to see how glass has been manipulated for so many uses.  

Broadfield House post 1953, probably during its time as Mothercraft Hostel
Broadfield House Mothercraft Hostel

 

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A Home 

After World War Two Broadfield House was used by local government as a home for unmarried mothers and then the elderly. As a result there are many overlooked institutional features to explore.

A modern all-glass pavilion extension was added to the back of the building in 1994 and is now the main entrance to Broadfield House.

Families enjoy themselves at a Broadfield House Glass Museum
Families enjoy themselves at an event at Broadfield House Glass Museum

 

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More than just glass 

In addition to the glass displays were several paintings that brought glass making and the local landscape to life. The museum also displayed glass making tools and and some of the ephemera produced by the glass industry.