Borough glass collection back on display
The borough’s world-renowned glass collection is set to go back on public display when Stourbridge Glass Museum opens this weekend.
The Dudley Council collection along with some items generously loaned by the public will be housed in the new museum thanks to the work of the British Glass Foundation and its partners.
The collection used to be housed at Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford, and represents an amazing collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century glass. With several thousand items, it features pieces from every major period of glass production in the country, including a comprehensive selection of cameo glass, the speciality of the Stourbridge factories at the end of the 19th century.
The collection, while still owned by the council is now in the care of the new Stourbridge Glass Museum as part of a 125 year transfer, and will be back on display for both previous visitors to the collection and a new generation of museum goers.
Stuart Connelly, Head of Culture, Leisure and Bereavement Services, said:
I’m looking forward to seeing items from our collection on display at the museum and also their programme of events, presentations and activities.
This is an exciting time for the Stourbridge Glass Quarter and I encourage people to go and visit and have a look at the excellent displays.
The museum officially opens to the public on Saturday 9 April 2022 from 10am. Opening hours and ticket prices can be found at www.stourbridgeglassmuseum.org.uk
The popular Red House Cone which stands opposite the new museum will be celebrating the grand opening by running a series of family friendly activities on the launch day allowing visitors of all ages to make the most of the day. Children can enjoy the popular Sticky Saturday craft activity with prebooked sessions available throughout the morning and early afternoon. Call 01384 812750 to book. A drop-in craft session is also on offer from 2pm and walking tours of the site will be offered to visitors throughout the day.