On the 7th of April the British Glass Foundation and a number of honered guests including the mayor of Dudley, convened to decide upon a name for the new museum at the site of the old Stuarts glassworks. Following the careful consideration of numerous names put forward by Trustees, Friends and the general public the name White House Cone - Museum of Glass was chosen.
The importance of this decision was not lost on all involved and as Graham Fisher MBE states in the BGF newsletter glasscuts "The name has to do what it says on the tin; be reverential without pretension and aim to serve as a beacon of excellence in perpetuity and beyond all others. it has to be 'hip' without pretention yet classy without elitism and provide an emblem around which all can all can comfortably muster."
Graham has written about the entire process involved in more detail in the glasscuts suppliment 88 which can be found on the BGF website by clicking here. The naming of the new site is the first exciting step in bringing the The White House Cone to the public with events being planned between now and the official opening in 2017.
Following the announcement of a successful Grant bid from the European Regional Development Fund, Broadfield House will close its doors for the last time at the end of September 2015. Visitors still have a chance to see the collection in its current setting before it is packed away ready to be moved to its new home, which is being developed on the site of the old Stuart Crystal Glass Works.
There is still a great deal to see before the museums closure, including the fantastic celebrity doodle project, on view until the 25th of september. Organised by the resident artist Allister Malcolm, this collection of objects has been created by a series of invited artists with the works due to be sold at Fieldings auctioneers in October.
Take the opportunity to walk to halls of Broadfield House one last time before the collection moves to its bright new home.
click below to read the full press release from Dudley Council