Welcome to the website of Graham Fisher MBE and the cyberspace lodgings of Mary Spence MBE, she of Sparrow Publishing.
By way of a complete change, for once there's not a cat in sight. (Oh yeah? see below). Instead here we have the all-new Stourbridge Glass Museum in Wordsley, near Stourbridge. Formerly Stuart Crystal (makers of glassware for the White Star line, owners of RMS Titanic) it was the last of the 'heavyweight' glassmakers in the area to go and closed in 2001 with the loss of 220 jobs. It then lay derelict until the British Glass Foundation (BGF) saw its potential.
This iconic site at the heart of the Stourbridge Glass quarter has since been rebuilt as a world-class museum to house the internationally renowned Stourbridge Glass collection and to showcase the modern contemporary glass movement for which Stourbridge has become a centre of excellence. And it's right next to a canal, which is where Yours Truly comes in as a waterways enthusiast and Trustee of BGF.
The museum is now open to the public, with an 'official' celebration planned later in the year. https://www.stourbridgeglassmuseum.org.uk
Please use the contact form here to say hello and ask us anything you may wish to know about the most exciting development in the world of glass for decades.
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In the meantime ...
Graham is a noted specialist in the inland waterways of the UK with an interest in the industries they served, particularly Stourbridge Glass, and is a writer, broadcaster and presenter who has over the years carved his own unique niche as an observer of the unusual and the arcane.
Here is your 'one-stop shop' for both G. Fisher Enterprises and Graham's associate Sparrow Publishing, with details of available books, podcasts and presentations, together with imagery, links and listings of other organisations and causes supported.
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Oh, go on then. Here's a cat. Yes, you guessed it - we've been suckered again. This is our latest arrival, a domestic short hair named Elizabeth Jane Isabella, or Lizzie for short. She's fine other than having had a litter under a previous owner at too early an age, which has stunted her growth. She is especially gorgeous as she is so tiny. Not for the first time our hearts were melted by a moggie with a back-story so we just had to give her new home. But we are not fooled; this innocence may be a cover and we have yet to fully assess her destructive capabilities.
GF's latest book In My Opinion is out now.
posted 5.6.22. 'Heart of Glass' feature, Geographical magazine by Rory Walsh of RGS (with IBG).(see Resources or click here) ... plus 'More on the new Stourbridge Glass Museum'. (see Blog or click here)
posted 12.3.22. Ars Gratia Artis: 'Raise a Glass' - Art Fund and Art Quarterly magazine. A brief history of Stourbridge Glass and the opening of the new Stourbridge Glass Museum (see Resources or click here)
posted 10.2.22. International Slingshot Day 20th February. Getting involved in this 'beautiful madness'. (see Bits or click here)
posted 24.1.22 BGF History 2009 -2022. A major update on the formative years of how the British Glass Foundation (BGF) converted aspiration into reality in creating the all-new Stourbridge Glass Museum. Here is tomorrow's history, right now.
(see Resources or click here)