White House Cone - museum of glass

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

We did it!

On 2nd Jul 2017 we successfully raised £7,965 with 78 supporters in 56 days

"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!


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 


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.

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