Glass Newsletter February 2009 from Angela

Hi Glass Friend,

I'm late with my Glass Newsletter again. But I'm working on the next issue which will be with you soon. Meantime there is an important issue that I want to tell you about that concerns me and I thought you would like to know about it. Broadfield House Glass Museum, near Stourbridge in the UK, is going to be closed by the local council unless those of us who care can convince the Dudley Council to change their minds.

The following details have been put together by Adam Aaronson in the UK, and there is an on-line petition that you can sign if you would like to lend us your support. I hope you won’t mind me contacting you about this.

Broadfield House is the only designated glass museum in the UK. No other museum in the world has a collection of British 18th, 19th & 20th century glass that can rival its rare archive and loan collections.

The annual cost of running this outstanding museum is £250,000, or just under £5,000 per week, which is excellent value for a world class museum. However, the accountants at Dudley Council have decided that they can save half of that by closing the museum and relocating it to an inferior site. Dudley Council spends more than £120,000 a year cleaning up graffiti!

The closure was announced out of the blue three weeks ago and those of us campaigning to save the museum have till the beginning of March to persuade the Council to change its mind.

I should be very grateful if you would be kind enough to take a few moments to review the campaign and if you find yourself in agreement with the sentiments to sign the on-line petition.

Here is the link to the online petition:

I am leaving today for a visit to Nepal and China, so I'll be out of touch for a short while,

All the very best, and thank you for your support,

PS I should really appreciate it if you could find the time to forward this message to your glass contacts and ask them to sign the petition as well.

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