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Apprentices and older glassmakers, c1900


If you know which part of the country your ancestors worked in, you should begin by approaching the local record office for that area. Dudley Local History and Archives Service holds an extensive collection of trade directories, census returns, and electoral and parish registers from the Dudley Metropolitan Borough area and further afield.

Workers at Webb Corbett pose for a christmas period picture, possibly late 20s/early 30's
Webb Corbett cutting shop, 1930s


If you are researching the Stourbridge, Brierley Hill and Dudley glass industries, the Museum Service may be able to provide information. It has a large library and archives. Although we are unable to carry out research on your behalf, we may be able to tell which manufacturer your ancestor worked for and give you information about their particular trade. Please look here for contact details. Enquiries should include as much information as possible, particularly any dates and addresses.

Glass blowing at Tudor Crystal, c1969
Blowing glass at Tudor Crystal, c1969



The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry is the principal family history society for the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Advice and information on genealogy can be found on their website.

West Midlands

Dudley Archives and Local History Centre
Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service
Wolverhampton City Archives
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service

The packing and despatch department at Webbs, 1968
Webb's packing room, 1968


To aid your research you may want to read "Glassmakers of Stourbridge and Dudley 1612 - 2002: A Biographical History of a Once Great Industry". This book by Mr Jason Ellis describes the history of each of the glassworks located across the Stourbridge and Dudley districts, tracing the ownership of each works from the 17th century to their demise. It even includes a glassworks located in Worcester. It will provide  context for what can be a confusing range manufacturers and sites. 

Women decorating glass at Stuarts, 1902
Etching glass at Stuart & Sons, 1902