News | 08-05-2024

Funding enables Stourbridge Glass Museum to target net zero

Stourbridge Glass Museum is to receive £250,000 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme. This will enable it to invest in new solar panels, air source heating, LED light replacements and innovative glassmaking equipment, in pursuit of achieving net zero across its operations.

Awards from this programme go towards building works and the purchase of equipment and other assets to improve access, seize on technological opportunities and reduce environmental impact.

After a devastating year, which left the Museum with energy bills that were treble where they are now, the Museum has pushed forward with its environmental plans, including artists’ demonstrations.

The team is using eco-friendly marketing materials, exhibition screens and recyclable panels, as well as hosting a shop that utilises pre-loved glass objects. The next phase will see old radiators replaced, solar panels installed, new LED lights in the gallery spaces and eco-friendly equipment installed for glassmaking demonstrations.

Museum Director Alexander Goodger commented, “We are extremely grateful to Arts Council England for this funding, which will enable us to forge ahead with becoming more eco-friendly, efficient and innovative, through our exhibitions and artworks, through the running of the museum and by teaming up with our artists-in-residence. It’s going to be an amazing year!”

Stourbridge Glass Museum has six artists-in-residence, a team of dedicated volunteers, and has a programme showcasing the work of contemporary glass artists from the UK and internationally. It also houses one of the best collections of antique glass in the world, featuring the 400-year glassmaking history in Stourbridge.

Stourbridge Glass Museum is at Stuart Works, High Street, Wordsley DY8 4AZ, UK. Find out more:

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