Broadfield House Glass Museum, run by Dudley MBC, is famous for its splendid collection of British glass, dating from the 17th century to the present day. The collection focuses on tableware and decorative glass, from fabulous cameo vases to fun friggers. The museum is on the cusp of an exciting new development with a potential move to the nearby White House Glassworks site and transfer to Trust status. Kari will discuss the evolution of the museum, from civic collection to one of international significance, and how this new chapter in the museum’s history will shape the collection for the future.
Kari has worked in the museums sector for twenty years, and has an MA in Art History and a postgraduate diploma in Museum Studies. Since joining the staff of the Glass Museum in 2002, she has run the exhibitions and events programme and founded the outreach and tour guide services. She is now the manager of the museum and curator of Dudley Council’s glass and fine art collections.
Graham Fisher MBE is a writer and broadcaster specializing in inland waterways with an interest in glass and is the author of several books on each. He is a Trustee of the British Glass Foundation, an enabling body created in response to the prospective relocation of the Dudley Museums Glass collection from Broadfield House Glass Museum: bringing together all relevant glass and cultural organisations and private individuals, to protect and save the glass, archive and technical collections at Broadfield House Glass Museum, and to ensure their future display to the public, access for research and continued growth. He is recognized as an ad hoc ambassador for the Stourbridge Glass industry, and he is a member of jury for the International Festival of Glass Biennale 2015.
Graham was invested in 2001 for services to inland waterways and in 2005 was voted by his peers as Inland Waterways Personality of the Year.