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Anticipated opening of the White House Cone Glass Museum is 2020. See 'Glass Matters' issue 4 for articles on the present plans.


 Raising funds for the new White House Cone Museum of Glass's internal fit out.


To make a contribution to the expense of fitting out the new museum's space, and for more information, go to:


        Announcement in the Journal of the British Glass Foundation 'Glasscuts'

        15th May 2017

  'The British Glass Foundation is delighted to announce the fantastic news of a grant to BGF amounting to £50,000 courtesy of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

  The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family funded Trust founded in 1958.

It currently donates over £60m annually and has, since its formation, donated in excess of £960m to a range of charities including the arts, education, community, environment, faith, welfare and, of course, museums and heritage.

  The Trustees are all descendants of the founder and the Weston family continues to take a hands-on approach. The common theme is that the benefitting charities must meet a need effectively with clear outcomes and benefits, good leadership, sensible business plans and a commitment to excellence.
BGF is proud to have been judged to meet these criteria and its Trustees are pleased to publicly express their appreciation.

  This generous gift is particularly appreciated since it comes at a time when BGF is in urgent need of funding to complete the fit out of the splendid new building in readiness for it becoming a fully accredited museum.'

The new Museum of Glass

picture courtesy of 'GlassCuts', journal of the British Glass Foundation

photography by Lynn Boleyn



Museum of Glass

7 Apr 2016 / Bev Holder / Stourbridge News

 PLANS to create a brand new home for the borough's glass treasures took a giant leap forward today (Thursday April 7 2016) with the naming of the new museum.

 After inviting members of the public to submit suggestions for the name of the new £5.5million attraction in Wordsley, which is currently under construction, glass industry experts have voted to call the facility the 'White House Cone - Museum of Glass'.

 The British Glass Foundation felt the idea, submitted by former councillor and glass campaigner Lynn Boleyn, epitomises how they want to portray the new museum which they hope will become a local landmark and put the area on the international map.

 Graham Fisher, spokesman for the British Glass Foundation, said: "This name is an encapsulation of the history of the Stourbridge glass industry, where it's located and what we hope to achieve in the future - it says it all."

 Auctioneer Will Farmer from Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge and a familiar face on the Antiques Roadshow, chaired the meeting at Wordsley's Red House Glass Cone attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley where the historic decision was made.

 He said: "This is such an important decision and I feel incredible honoured and proud to have been part of it. This museum I'm sure is going to live long after most of us are gone."

 Work to create the new museum on the old Stuart Crystal factory site in Camp Hill, opposite the cone, is now gathering pace - and glass enthusiasts steering the project forward say they are on track to open the sparkling new facility in June.

 It will launch initially with pop-up exhibitions and visitors will be able to see glass artist Allister Malcolm in action as the borough's prized glass collection is gradually shipped in for permanent display.

 Set to replace the now closed world-famous Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford, the new glass-fronted tourist attraction will also include office space for new business start-ups and an open courtyard area outside.

 Complex Development Projects is behind the state-of-the-art development, funded by a £2.13million European Regional Development Fund grant, which includes sympathetic restoration of listed former Stuart Glass Works buildings and efforts to preserve the remains of the old White House Glass Cone, which once stood on the site and which is classed as an ancient monument.

 Mr Fisher, from the BGF, said: "It's looking great; it's virtually finished. We're looking to open in the middle of the year - and it will be fully up and running in the next 18 months."



Press release 12th August 2015:

  The BGF (British Glass Foundation)is delighted to announce that a bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), spearheaded in partnership with Complex Development Projects Ltd ( and Dudley MBC, has been successful and that grants totaling in excess of £2.1m have been secured towards developing the derelict White House site in Wordsley.

 Work on converting the former home of Stuart Glassworks into a world-class glass facility is now underway.

 This initial news release has been issued with immediacy in keeping with the BGF’s stated policy to disseminate such information as rapidly as possible. A more detailed statement will be issued in due course.

   ‘This is wonderful news. Stourbridge has an illustrious association with world-quality glass
that goes back over four centuries. This exciting development will help ensure that it’s future
will be equally bright. Our thanks go to ERDF and everyone who has supported the project.’

Graham Knowles, Chairman of BGF

  ‘This new glass facility at the heart of the area’s glassmaking heritage will offer a beacon of excellence that will attract international attention, placing Stourbridge Glass once more at the very focus of the industry.'

Graham Fisher MBE, Trustee with BGF (PR & Comms)

Broadfield House Glass Museum (closed 2015 - see plans for new museum above)


The following article was published in Stourbridge News 4th April 2013:

PLANS to turn a derelict glassworks site in Wordsley into a world class museum are a step closer to becoming reality after a £2m bid for funding was submitted.

The British Glass Foundation and developers Complex Development Projects have long been hoping to transform the old Stuart Crystal site, opposite the Red House Glass Cone in Camp Hill, into a new state-of-the-art glass museum.

And more than a year after releasing the first images of how the revamped White House Cone site could look - a bid has finally been submitted to the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) for £2m towards the ambitious £5.5m project.

If successful, applications for cash will also be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Growing Places Fund.

The proposed facility would showcase Stourbridge's prized glass collection, currently housed at Kingswinford’s Broadfield House Glass Museum and in storage at Himley Hall, and would bring to life the area’s glassmaking past through an interactive tour, demonstrations and chance to see contemporary craftsmen and women at work.

Graham Knowles, BGF chairman, said: “The site will become a visitor attraction that tells the story of the Stourbridge glass industry bringing together the whole of the Glass Quarter and linking in with the other major visitor attractions in the area including Dudley Zoo and Castle, Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust.

“This will enhance tourism in the area and boost the local economy.”

The project would also preserve vandal-hit listed historic buildings on the site and the remains of the White House Cone - a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

And the new attraction would link to the Red House Glass Cone on the opposite side of the A491 through underground tunnels.

Plans are also progressing ahead for the BGF to become a Museum Trust to eventually take over the running of the proposed council-owned glass museum.

Councillor Shaukat Ali, cabinet member for regeneration and deputy leader of Dudley Council, said the council remains committed to the project and has been assisting with trying to gain funding but it wants to “ensure there is a sustainable business plan behind it”.

He added: “We will continue to work closely with the British Glass Foundation to reach this point and move the project forward."

Meanwhile plans are also in the pipeline to build 48 new homes on the back part of the site and are expected to go before Dudley Council’s planning committee on April 22.

Moves are also afoot to recruit a new Keeper of Glass, following the retirement of long-serving Roger Dodsworth at Broadfield House, to take care of the borough’s glass collection.

Historic (2009):

Dudley Council’s cabinet approved findings and commissioned further work as part of an ongoing feasibility study in the borough’s glass quarter.

The independent study by a team of professional consultants has been ongoing since May and is looking at the possibility of creating a single iconic glass heritage facility to house the borough’s existing glass collection, which is currently located at the Glass Museum at Broadfield House or in storage.

At the meeting on Wednesday 9 December the cabinet noted the findings of the first stage of the study and asked the consultants to progress to Stage 2 which will develop more detailed proposals and costings for Option B of their report.

Option B asks the consultants to look at the practicalities of bringing the borough's glass heritage services together onto one site at the cone and developing the former Stuart Crystal shop and associated buildings, which have been purchased by Dudley Council, subject to contract. It will cover such topics as physical/spatial designs, interpretation plans, audience development and marketing strategy, estimated costings and funding strategy, implementation programme and priorities.

Cllr David Stanley, cabinet member for environment and culture said:
“Our vision is to create an excellent visitor experience that is appropriate to our renowned glass collections, which is one of the finest in the world.
“I look forward to seeing the consultant’s detailed proposals for stage two of the study which should help us to celebrate the borough’s glass heritage.”

More information and a brief of the feasibility study, as well as the full stage one report can be found at

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