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Stourbridge open event puts spotlight on glass industry's glittering past
4:30pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
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FORMER glassmakers will be reflecting on memories of working in the industry as part of 100th anniversary celebrations at an Amblecote glassmaking site.
The Webb Corbett Visitor Centre, based on the site of the old Webb Corbett glassmaking factory, is hosting its popular Reflections Day on Saturday October 19.
The event marks 100 years of glassmaking on the Wollaston Road site - which the Webb Corbett company moved to in 1913 after a fire ravaged the Whitehouse Cone site up the road in Wordsley.
Photographs and artefacts depicting decades of craftsmanship will be on display at the commemorative event which runs from 10am to 4pm.
Mermbers of the public are also invited to share their own stories and artefacts relating to the site and the industry.
While retired master glassmaker Malcolm Andrews is inviting former glassmakers to visit and put their old glassmaking skills to the test once again by creating pieces for the visitor centre’s graffiti wall.
Rare, unseen glass pieces that formed part of family collections of ex-Webb Corbett craftsmen will also be on display at the event.
Amblecote historians and volunteers from Tutbury Museum will also be in attendance to record local stories from the past, scan photographs and collect memorabilia.
Genealogy expert Ian Williams will also be on hand to help people keen to find out more information about relatives who worked in the industry.
Glass expert Graham Fisher MBE will also be sharing his knowledge of the area’s glassmaking heritage and associated canal network.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the Webb Corbett Visitor Centre will also be able to find out more about how to get involved.
For more details call 01384 399419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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