Lecture: A New Home for the long tradition of Glassmaking in Stourbridge

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Speaker: Graham Fisher MBE

2022 is designated the Year of the Master Craftsman. This lecture is the first in a series to celebrate the history and continuing evolution of traditional crafts.

The Stourbridge Glass Collection is one of the most important in the world and features some 10,000 items from the Stourbridge Glass Quarter dating back 400 years with items from every major period of glass production in this country, the highlight being cameo glass, the speciality of Stourbridge factories at the end of the 19th century. The British Glass Foundation is the body
overseeing the creation of a new facility to house the collection. Graham examines the history and significance of the collection, the opening of the new Stourbridge glass museum in which the collection is housed and the future for glassmaking that it represents.

Graham a writer and broadcaster. He combines his interest in inland waterways and the industries they served, particularly glass by being both, an inaugural member of the Canal and River Trust, and a trustee of the British Glass Foundation. He was awarded the MBE for services to inland waterways in 2001 and in 2005 was voted Inland Waterways personality of the year. In 2015 he sat as a juror for the International Festival of Glass Biennale and in 2021 was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in recognition of his contribution to local history.

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