Local author tells history behind local landmark glass factory

Local author, Graham Fisher has created a comprehensive and absorbing account of how Stourbridge Glass Museum was created on the site of the vandalised and burnt-out former Stuart glassworks in Wordsley.

A writer and broadcaster hailing from the Black Country but now based on the Welsh border near Hay-on-Wye, Graham has released his latest book outlining the creation of a pioneering world-class museum, quite literally from the ashes of an iconic glass factory in the very heart of the historic Stourbridge Glass Quarter.

The work covers the intense period of just thirteen years - a remarkably quick timescale - from British Glass Foundation’s formation through to the official opening in 2023 of a brand-new, purpose-built canal-side facility that will conserve and promote both the heritage and the future of local glassmaking for generations to come.

The British Glass Foundation  is the driving force behind the creation of Stourbridge Glass Museum. The Foundation was formed in response to uncertainty over the future of the internationally-renowned Stourbridge Glass collection following the loss of its former home at Broadfield House in Kingswinford.

In addition to successfully creating the new facility to display the collection, the British Glass Foundation has since become an umbrella organisation representing the wider interests of glassmaking in general, and that around Stourbridge in particular. Graham Knowles, Chairman of the British Glass Foundation said:

"Graham has captured the essence of creating what we consider is a 'People’s Museum’ from the relics of a former glassmaking site that, more than 20 years after its closure, is still regarded locally with great affection.

"His latest book is a fascinating narrative in its own right but his recording of how we arrived here will doubtless prove of immense value to researchers and historians yet to be born’.

All proceeds from the book will go to British Glass Foundation in furtherance of its work. Visit The British Glass Foundation website to find out how you can purchase the book.


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