White House Cone - Museum of glass
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.
The Friends of Broadfield House are running a competition to name the new museum being built at the historic White House Cone site.
With ERDF funding in place and building work going ahead the public opening will be around Autumn 2016.
Get involved and help us name the new site.
Chairman of the Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum
Post: C/O Broadfield House Glass Museum, Compton Drive, Kinswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9NS
Prize - Invitation to the opening and a plaque in the building
Each year The Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum award a monetary award to one or more part time students taking a glass course at Dudley College. This year we awarded 4 prizes of £25 to the following glass makers :- Christina Bate Bryan Jones Ema Kelly Kay Stowell. We wish them all success in the future.
It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that John Sanders, founding Chairman of The Friends, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday 10th January 2012. John was 77 on the 27th December 2011. He leaves his widow Eileen, daughter, Clare and son, Richard. John will be sadly missed by all the Friends and his many colleagues in the legal profession, cricketing and rugby world, and of course - the glass world. I will let you know the date and time of the funeral at the earliest, should you wish to attend. Barbara P. Beadman
Sally Haden amazed the audience of Friends with her depth of investigation and knowledge, having trawled many archives personal papers and making contacts with other researchers on a world wide basis. During her talk, Sally showed a picture of the Glass Cone built in Japan, designed by an English architect and built with English expertise. The picture was not unlike The Dial Glass Works, as it is now, or possibly leaning towards the pagoda look which according to Michael Palin originated in Nepal. All will be revealed in Cameo as Sally has agreed to put an article together based on her talk. Footnote: Sally says that none of us has an excuse not to know more about our forebears, thanks to the internet.
The raffle prizes were won by Alan Brett, Peter Beebe and Clive Manison. At this point our Hon.
Sec. Allister Malcolm was rescued from 'talking shop' to receive, in his additional role as Trustee of The British Glass Foundation, a cheque from The Friends to the value of £1000. (Ref: AGM September 17th 2011).
We then went to The Mount Pleasant for lunch, returning to look at the Museum's exhibits both new and familiar. We finally left the Museum at 3.55p.m. to allow the staff to close for the day.