AN opening date has now been confirmed for Stourbridge's long-awaited state-of-the-art glass museum.

Plans to open a world class facility to house Stourbridge's prized collection of glass have been slowly but surely moving forwards despite the pandemic - and a date has now been set for the museum to finally open its doors to the public.

It had been initially referred to as the White House Cone Museum of Glass but it has now been confirmed the museum in Camp Hill, Wordsley, will be known as Stourbridge Glass Museum.

A spokesman for the British Glass Foundation (BGF), which has been driving forward the plans for the new museum since the closure of Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford in 2015, said: "This new identity will create a visionary profile that will translate positively into developing its long-term brand and perception."

A new website has also been created and an opening date set for April 9, 2022.

Graham Knowles, chairman of The British Glass Foundation, said: "This is fantastic news. After more than 10 years of effort, which would not have been possible without the unflinching support of our sponsors, backers and partners especially Dudley Council, European Regional Development Fund, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Complex Development Projects Ltd., we are almost there.

"It is also thanks to the public that we are now touchingly close to achieving our ultimate ambition of finally opening the ‘People’s Museum’ that provides a new home for the internationally renowned Stourbridge glass collection."

Councillor Simon Phipps, Dudley Council's cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, added: "It's wonderful to hear that despite the challenges of the past year, the newly branded Stourbridge Glass Museum remains on track to soon open. The new museum in the heart of the Glass Quarter will be an exciting new visitor attraction for the borough and we look forward to our continued close working relationship with the British Glass Foundation."