"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.
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!
Allister Malcolm - The Crowd Funder
(And Trustee of The British Glass Foundation).
Examples of paperweights and other rewards
(paperweights approximately 7cm in diameter).
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
"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 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.
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
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