White House Cone - museum of glass

by Allister Malcolm in Stourbridge, West Midlands, England

We did it
On 2nd July 2017 we successfully raised £7,965 with 78 supporters in 56 days

Raising funds for the new White House Cone - museum of glass's internal fit out.

by Allister Malcolm in Stourbridge, West Midlands, England


"Glass for Good"  - Exciting Developments  whilst trying to raise match funding for a Heritage Lottery Funding application for the internal fit out of the new White House Cone - museum of glass.


Stourbridge is to glass what Stoke-on-Trent is to pottery. For over 400 years state of the art glass in every fashionable style has been made in the Stourbridge area and Stourbridge glass is collected and admired world-wide. Foremost amongst those collections is the outstanding Stourbridge Glass Collection. The British Glass Foundation (Reg. charity 1139252) is an entirely voluntary body, was formed in 2010, to find and operate a permanent new home for the Stourbridge Glass Collection, following Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s announcement of its intention to close the Collection’s then home at Broadfield House.
The result is the nascent White House Cone - museum of glass, housed in the Grade II listed former Stuart & Sons Glassworks, which has been creatively and imaginatively adapted for the purpose. Combining both permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a hot glass making studio and a unique activities adventure space for children and their families, the new museum will serve regional, national and international audiences. The Stourbridge Glass Collection provides a tangible link between peoples past and present and has the power to inspire creativity and motivate artistic expression. 

Building conservation and other construction works  of the new museum building are nearing completion, ready for final fit out and occupation by the BGF.

The British Glass Foundation, which is an entirely voluntary body, was formed to find and operate a permanent new home for the Dudley Glass Collection, following Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s announcement of its intention to close the Collection’s then home at Broadfield House. Subject to raising the remaining funding required and completing final lease agreements with DMBC, The BGF anticipates formally opening White House Auntumn 2018.

To see the building of the furnace and the creation of the hot glass studio including the lighting of the furnace - please take a look at the YouTube link below - but do come back to our crowdfunding page!

https://youtu.be/JFY8VMUzNnE

Allister Malcolm - The Crowd Funder 

(And Trustee of The British Glass Foundation).

Examples of paperweights and other rewards  

(paperweights approximately 7cm in diameter).

Glass Plaques

The picture below shows a finished plaque. As the example shows the supporters name is  engraved on the centre section. These plaques are  to be incorporated in a display here at the White House Cone museum of glass.

 A  voucher to cast your hand in glass

Come and get you or your child's hands cast in the finest Lead Crystal. Allister and his team take impressions from both the young and old and then preserve them forever in moments, pouring molten glass at over 1000 degrees. A booking service of 15min intervals is being scheduled.  Vouchers can be obtained with the right level of support - and an appointment issued. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early so as not to miss your session. Bring a camera too. The glass casts will need to cool in the kiln overnight before they are then engraved. Collection next day is required. Alternatively if you are travelling a distance and you would prefer for the items to be posted, an additional £12.00 will need to be paid on the day. Delivery is not included with this product.   

"Glass for Good" - lecture 

Charles R. Hajdamach & Steven Piper Sat 26th August (evening)

The White house Cone - museum of glass, Vine St, Stourbridge, DY8 4FB

6:30pm Wine and nibbles  - 7pm prompt start; approx 2hrs

Charles and Steve intend to unlock some of the secrets of the production of engraved glass and rock crystal. Charles will deliver a lecture with slides about the history of the process - who were the legendary names behind some of the unrepeatable examples in the museum's collection and what inspired them? He will be asking Steve how he might approach different styles. Steve will be then taking a reproduction (blank made by Allister Malcolm) and decorating a panel showing how labour intensive the process actually was. In a great double act these two experts will compliment each other's presentation in an entertaining manner.
Charles Hajdamach

Charles R. Hajdamach is one of the top authorities on glass in the country. For 30 years he was in charge of the glass collections at Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford which opened in 1980 and quickly became one of the top glass museums in the world. Charles has lectured on glass in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Ireland, Belgium and Germany. He also writes extensively on the subject from antique to contemporary glass. His two books, 'British Glass 1800-1914' published in 1991, and '20th Century British Glass' from 2009, remain the standard works on the subject. In 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology for services to glass and glassmaking and in 2009 he was elected as Life-President of the Glass Association of which he was a founder member.

Steve Piper


At the age of 15 Steve started working at Webb Corbett Glassworks which had at the time been acquired by Royal Doulton. During his time at Webb Corbett he trained at Dudley College gaining a certificate (grade “A”) in glass design and technology. After 13 years Steve left Royal Doulton to pursue a career as a freelance engraver and has become one of the country's most accomplished engravers of the day.

Items that we need support for and their costs

Our fundraising, ie your contributions will go directly to help to pay towards some of the following;

(as you can see the list is extensive and itemises well over £20,000 of expenses).

Window Solar Shields  Price - £750

Security Door  - Price £1000

Mobile Family Activity Cart (x 2)  Price - £5000 each

80" LCD screen with media player Price - £6000

AV - Projector For high level overhead projection within the introductory space. (Scrolling images of historic locations of Stourbridge Glass Factories and their owners). Price £6900

Glass blowing Chair Interactive
Includes the film of blowing glass whilst the visitors sits in the Chair and handles the  tools used in the making process  £8000

Digital interactive with tactile glass.
The interactive focuses on 3 techniques of cameo glass, rock crystal and engraved glass  £12000

An introductory AV (audio visual display) with a map of Stourbridge giving an account of the history of Stourbridge Glass with a focus on the quality of the art and design of the glass but also of the people, past workers, owner families and the 19 factories that produced Stourbridge Glass. £14000

Display Cases  We are looking to purchase flexible  modular display system - an example of which may be seen in the image below.

The price of a triple module unit is approximately £16,000 (we have plans that include 3 of these an an addittional   3  double modular units and further single units)


Temporary Exhibition Space - Fit out of Front Gallery Space and purchase  of 'temporary' partitions -£25000

Glassblowing Studio Interpretation and fit out for public display.   £35000

Education and Activity Room Fit Out including tables and chairs, fitted storage and equipment £52000

Cataloguing, digitization and display of archive material and display materials for objects inside and outside showcases. £60000 

If you would like to learn more about the British Glass Foundation then please click on the link 

www.britishglassfoundation.org.uk

Gift Aid 

If you're a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of your charity donations by 25% because the charity can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift at no extra cost to you.

As the donations and pledges are going straight to the British Glass Foundation you may like to consider the Gift Aid tick box!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

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£5 Reward

Donate £5 or more you may claim a voucher for an Icicle - Handcrafted by Ryan Ashcroft. Ryan from The University of Wolverhampton rose to our challenge as he handcrafted these beauties (in vid. clip). Collect your icicle from the museum. Sadly these are too fragile to post - but give us your details and we will keep these safe here for you to collect for a year. Notice needed in advance of intended collection date please.

£10 or more

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£10 Reward

Donate £10 or more and claim a ticket to a lecture by Prof. Keith Cummings 'The Million year old glass scarab' - reflections on a lifetime of glass forming. Keith is one of the legendary names in British contemporary glass and he celebrates 50 years of teaching on the subject - Sunday 27th at 1pm at The White House Cone - museum of glass.

£20 or more

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£20 Reward

Donate £20 or more claim an Oval Paperweights as a reward. These paperweights can be posted out (mainland UK only) (Royal Mail 2nd class & signed) upon receipt of the donation. We expect to deliver within 4 weeks of receiving the donation. If you would prefer to collect and save us the costs of donating then please contact us.

£20 or more

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£20 Reward

Donate £20 or more you may claim an entry ticket to an evenings educational and entertaining talk with Charles Hajdamach and Steve Piper "Glass for Good" Sat 26th August 6.30 pm. Please see the project details to learn more about this evening scheduled during the International Festival of Glass.

£25 or more

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£25 Reward

Donate £25 or more and claim A Voucher for a Hand casting session - see project details for further information. Sunday 27th August (15 minute prebookable slots are available)

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

For £50 & above claim a voucher (valid for 12 months) for a taster session in the hot glass studio. Join our team for half an hour. It's an opportunity to have a go at colouring and shaping the molten glass. Under close supervision we will help create your own paperweight. The paperweight will have to go into a kiln to cool overnight and then be collected the following day. Postage may be arranged at an additional cost. Ages 16 & up.

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

Donate £100 or more and claim a glass plaque produced as your reward - produced by resident Glass Artist Allister Malcolm. The plaque will have your name engraved on the surface. These plaques are to go on display as a feature in the museum for years to come. (They will remain the property of the museum and become a feature) see the project details and video clip for a brief preview of one in a mould being cast at 1000 degrees centigrade.

£125 or more

£125 Reward

Donate £125 or more and claim a glass plaque as a reward - produced by resident Glass Artist Allister Malcolm. The plaque will have your name and company logo engraved on the surface. These plaques will go on display as a feature in the museum. Please see the project details and the video clip for a brief preview of one in a mould being cast at 1000 degrees centigrade.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Donate £500 or more and we will acknowledge your support for in the form of a plaque with your details displayed on one of our bespoke plinths for 5 years In addition you will receive an invite to a preview of the museum - behind the scenes just before the official opening.

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

Donate £1000 and we will Acknowledge your support will be in the form of a plaque with your details placed on an iPad stand in the gallery to acknowledge the support for 5 years. In addition you will receive an invite to a preview of the museum - behind the scenes just before the official opening.

£6,000 or more

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£6,000 Reward

Acknowledgement of your support will be in the form of a plaque with your details on a module of a cabinet to acknowledge the sponsorship of a cabinet for 5 years. In addittion you will receive an invite to a preview of the museum - behind the scenes just before the official opening.

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