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Dudley Museums Service closure

Following Government advice, Dudley Museum at the Archives and the Red House Glass Cone are closed until further notice.

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Dudley Council the historic capital of the Black Country
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  • Pate de Verre Amalric Walter Lizard on a leaf
  • Pate de Verre Amalric Walter chameleon
  • Pate de Verre Amalric Walter Fox Bookends
Glass curiosities - the age of enlightenment

Up until about 200 years ago life for all but the very rich amongst us was hard. Miners typically worked a 72 hour week, children were at work in the mines and factories from the age of 6 years old and recreational time was limited to church on Sunday. Slowly a slightly wealthier middle class appeared encouraged by national social changes and earnings from hard work. With it came more spare time and with that came self-expression and creativity. It is a time when general education for all enters our story and when the first museums and art schools were created. 

This exhibition celebrates the flourishing of artistic talent and display a number of the more unusual and colourful glass creations that were being made then, and also more contemporary glass creations - all from the glass collection, soon to be displayed at the White House Cone - museum of glass. 

Objects on display include a glass dress, glass walking sticks and a focus on pate-de-verre pieces.