Dudley Council’s cabinet approved findings and commissioned further work as part of an ongoing feasibility study in the borough’s glass quarter.
The independent study by a team of professional consultants has been ongoing since May and is looking at the possibility of creating a single iconic glass heritage facility to house the borough’s existing glass collection, which is currently located at the Glass Museum at Broadfield House or in storage.
At the meeting on Wednesday 9 December the cabinet noted the findings of the first stage of the study and asked the consultants to progress to Stage 2 which will develop more detailed proposals and costings for Option B of their report.
Option B asks the consultants to look at the practicalities of bringing the borough's glass heritage services together onto one site at the cone and developing the former Stuart Crystal shop and associated buildings, which have been purchased by Dudley Council, subject to contract. It will cover such topics as physical/spatial designs, interpretation plans, audience development and marketing strategy, estimated costings and funding strategy, implementation programme and priorities.
Cllr David Stanley, cabinet member for environment and culture said:
“Our vision is to create an excellent visitor experience that is appropriate to our renowned glass collections, which is one of the finest in the world.
“I look forward to seeing the consultant’s detailed proposals for stage two of the study which should help us to celebrate the borough’s glass heritage.”
More information and a brief of the feasibility study, as well as the full stage one report can be found at www.dudley.gov.uk/museums