Broadfield Glass Museum
Broadfield House saved!
A ten month campaign to save Stourbridge's historic glass museum has been successful - Broadfield House will not close!
An example of glass work
The decision was made at a full council meeting on Monday 12th October 2009 - and announced on BBC WM's Phil Upton @ Breakfast show the following morning.
Speaking live on the programme Janet Hendry, of the 'Save Our Glass' campaign, said:
"I'm feeling absolutely fantastic. This has been a campaign that's lasted 10 months. It was all about the glass collections and archives held at Broadfield House.
"We've won the campaign but now we've got to put these archives on top of the world, so to speak, because we want people to come from far and wide into the area and we want to promote our local heritage to it's best advantage."
Rumours of the Kingswinford-based museum's closure began in January 2009 when staff were told that Dudley Council was considering closing the building as a cost-cutting measure. It was believed that the glass displays would be moved to Wordsley's Red House Glass Works Museum.
Glass dress display
Thousands of people from around the world signed up to a campaign to save Broadfield House and after months of speculation, the world famous museum will now remain as it is.
Also speaking live on BBC WM, Cllr. Peter Lowe said:
"It's a real victory for people power. Yesterday evening at full council I put a full motion before the council calling for the glass museum to be preserved and enhanced for future generations.
"Basically, (the campaign was) that not one piece of glass should be removed from Broadfield House until its future is secure. Last night, we managed to get unanimous support as a result of the campaign."
We have followed the Broadfield House story on since January. More than 100 messages of support have been left in the box at the bottom of this page over the last 10 months.
You can still add your comments now that Broadfield House has been saved.
Broadfield House dates back to the 18th century and was privately owned until 1943 when it was bought by a local industrialist who then sold off separate portions of the surrounding estate.
It was vacated in 1978 before reopening two years later as a museum by Dudley Council, to showcase the glass making tradition of nearby Stourbridge.
In 1994 an all-glass pavilion was added to the rear of the existing building to provide a new entrance, exhibition space and shop area as well as a link to the glass making studio. The pavilion is believed to be one of the largest all-glass structures in the world.
last updated: 13/10/2009 at 16:05
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