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LATEST BOOK TELLS AMAZING STORY BEHIND NEW MUSEUM
Extract from news release dated 30.11.23 ...
A writer and broadcaster hailing from the Black Country but now based on the Welsh border has released his latest book outlining the creation of a pioneering world-class museum, quite literally from the ashes of an iconic glass factory in the very heart of the historic Stourbridge Glass Quarter.
Stourbridge Glass Museum; how it came into being by Graham Fisher (with a Foreword by Lynn Boleyn MBE) is a comprehensive and absorbing account of how Stourbridge Glass Museum was created on the vandalised and burnt-out site of the former Stuart glassworks in Wordsley.
Graham’s new work covers the intense period of just thirteen years - a remarkably quick timescale - from BGF’s formation through to the official opening in 2023 of a brand-new, purpose-built canalside facility that will conserve and promote both the heritage and the future of local glassmaking for generations to come.
Graham Knowles, Chairman of the British Glass Foundation said: ‘Graham has captured the essence of creating what we consider is a ‘People’s Museum’ from the relics of a former glassmaking site that, more than 20 years after its closure, is still regarded locally with great affection. His latest book is a fascinating narrative in its own right but his recording of how we arrived here will doubtless prove of immense value to researchers and historians yet to be born’.
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Anyway, here is one of five such critters, plus two dogs, that begrudgingly allow us to live chez nous. This is Maisie the Minx. She is, as you can see, a bone idle slob like the rest of 'em. The money we spent on mouse traps because she is too lazy to move is considerable. She is resting on an Aga, which she does for hours. The Aga is on. Admittedly it was a cold morning. But will she shift? No way; just hold your ear close to the screen and you can actually hear her innards burbling.(*)
(* And I bet you just tried that!)
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Welcome to the website of Graham Fisher MBE and the cyberspace lodgings of Mary Spence MBE, she of Sparrow Publishing.
Mary continues headlong into creating world class maps and I am doing what I am supposed to do, whatever that is. Someone will remind me, I'm sure.
In our continuing efforts to make this website a cat-free zone we are pleased to announce there is not a moggy in sight. (Oh yeah? see below - signed A Cat). Instead here, in a lovely image by BGF Secretary Lynn Boleyn MBE, we have the spectacular 2012 Portland Vase Project artefacts now on open display at the all-new Stourbridge Glass Museum in Wordsley, near Stourbridge. And yes, they are glass.
The image, showing the aforementioned Portland Vase display in situ, ties in nicely with the latest addition to our Publications stable Made In Stourbridge; the story of The 2012 Portland Vase Project (click on this underlined text to learn more).
The full and fascinating tale of how the former Stuart Crystal (makers of glassware for the White Star line, owners of RMS Titanic), was transformed by the British Glass Foundation from a derelict glassworks into a world-class museum is explained here.
And it's all next to a canal, which is where Yours Truly comes in as a waterways enthusiast and Trustee of BGF. So now you know.
Stourbridge Glass Museum is open to the public ... https://www.stourbridgeglassmuseum.org.uk
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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 (more).
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 another cat. Regular readers may recall the arrival some months ago of Dennis, a diminutive, harmless looking gormless little critter with as much gumption as spare flesh. I don't know what it is we have been feeding him since, but take a look at the tabby slob now, resting on a radiator hammock after yet another exhausting session of perfecting his still-life technique. And yes, true to his name, he is 'a Menace'. On the odd occasions he shows signs of activity, that is.