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The Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum

Members of the The Friends celebrate the opening of Take 30

 

Late in 1993 a group of glass enthusiasts decided to form a Friends organisation for the Museum. Their organisation provided valuable support to the museum, such as raising funds for purchases to expand the collections. The objects shown here are a small selection of those purchased with the help of The Friends.

Terri Colledge demonstrates Enamelling for the Friends
Enamelling demonstration by Terri Colledge for a Friends function

 

About the Friends

The first meeting was held at Dudley Art Gallery in March 1994, and The Friends were delighted and honoured that Mary Boydell, from Sotheby's in Ireland, gave the inaugural lecture. At present there are more than 300 members throughout the world and several corporate members. Members' interests range from those interested in the local history to avid glass collectors and researchers.

The Friends support the work of the Museum through a range of activities. One of the invaluable methods of support is through The Friends' Purchase Fund. The Museum Service lost its acquisitions budget a few years ago due to local government cuts and purchases for the collection are

Crown of Thorns, David Prytherch, 1986
Crown of Thorns, David Prytherch, 1986
Vases made by Stevens and Williams, 1880 - 1890
Islamic style vases made by Stevens and Williams, 1880 - 1890

 

now made thanks to The Friends, grants from other bodies and donations. To date the Friends have raised over £45,000 to help with acquisitions and match-funding for grant applications.

Other activities organised by The Friends, called the Facets programme, include an annual series of lectures on glass-related topics by guest speakers, visits to glass factories and studios, talks on major exhibitions at the Museum, providing refreshment facilities at events, and a Christmas party. These events provide opportunities for fund-raising, learning and, of course, enjoyment.

The Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum have their own website.

Peppe by Darren Weed, 2013
Pepper, Darren Weed, 2013