The Black Country has been home to glassmaking for over 400 years.
In the 17th century French glassmakers from the Lorraine region were attracted to the area by the rich natural resources; coal for fuel and fireclay for lining furnaces made it a perfect location for the industry.
The 19th century was the golden age of the Black Country glass industry; when cameo, coloured glass and crystal were produced that equalled the best in the world and when Chance Bros was called “the greatest glass manufacturer in Britain”.
The Black Country
Definitions of the Black Country are controversial but it is commonly thought of as including Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and parts of Wolverhampton.
A visit to the Black Country is a must for anyone interested in glass.
Visit Broadfield House Glass Museum in Stourbridge to see displays from one of the best glass collections in the world.
Just along the road uncover the story of glass making at the Red House Cone, one of only four glass making cones left in the UK.
Continue on to the Ruskin Glass Centre home to a wide array of glass crafts.