Red House Glass Cone

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The Red House Glass Cone lies in the heart of the Glass Quarter, Stourbridge, West Midlands. It was built at the end of the 18th century and used for the manufacture of glass until 1936. It is now one of only four left in the United Kingdom.

The Cone itself reaches 100 feet into the sky and is an amazing structure. A tour through the glassworks will take you down into the underground passages and tunnels and up into the heart of the Cone where you can can marvel at the scale and enormity of the structure and look down on glass artists at work.

Audio guides can also be hired. These take you through the history of the glassworks, introduce you to the characters from the industry and explain the magical process of glassmaking.

Live glassmaking every day (except Wednesdays)

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm
Saturday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Please call for Christmas opening times.

Closed 25/26 December & 1 January

Admission charges

Admission free
Audio guides free
Group bookings & school parties welcome

Additional info

Wheelchair access to the ground floor, with accessible toilets
Children under the age 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Guide dogs only
Free parking, adjacent to the entrance
Baby changing facilities

Newly installed exhibition galleries tell the story of glassmaking in the area and the history of this unique glassworks. Glass and archive material from the Stuart Collection which spans over 100 years will also be on display.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Glass and archive material from the Stuart Collection
  • History of glass and glassmaking
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Fused Glass Tile

Fused Glass Tile @ The Red House Glass Cone

  • 25 August 2017 10:30am-4pm

Come along to our popular fused glass sessions. This session is suitable for ages 5+ and will take place in our Glass Studio. You will decorate a pre-cut tile which will need to be fused and will be ready for collection a few days later. We have sessions at 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2, 3 & 4. Pre-booking is recommended. This activity is part of The International Festival of Glass. There will be glassblowing demonstrations and glass recyclers on site as well as open craft studios and a coffee house.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 7-10

Admission

£4.50

Website

http://www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/museums/learning-and-activities/juniors-at-museums/juniors-at-museums/glass-for-children/

Fused Glass Key Rings

Fused Glass Key Ring @

  • 26 August 2017 10:30am-4pm

Drop in between 10.30am and 4pm and make an individual fused glass key ring. This session is suitable for families aged 5+ and lasts about 20 minutes Key rings will need to be fused in the kiln and will be ready for collection a few days later. £2.50
This is part of The International Festival of Glass.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 7-10

Admission

£2.50

Website

http://www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/museums/learning-and-activities/juniors-at-museums/juniors-at-museums/glass-for-children/

The Teenage Market

The Teenage Market @ The Red House Glass Cone

  • 27 August 2017 10am-5pm

As part of The International Festival of Glass we are holding a small version of our Teenage Market. This is a free event for youngsters to showcase there artistic talents. Come along and support these talented youngsters.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE entry to the site

Website

http://www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/museums/red-house-glass-cone/

Ron Popple

Family Fun Day @ The Red House Glass Cone

  • 28 August 2017 10am-4pm

As part of The International Festival of Glass we have a traditional family fun day with games and stalls, children's crafts and magic from Ron Popple. There will be glassblowing demonstrations and free trails, open craft studios and an on site coffee house.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry, small charge for crafts

Website

http://www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/museums/red-house-glass-cone/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Fused glass tile

Discover Glass

http://www.redhousecone.co.uk

An amazing experience for all your pupils. An interactive guided tour, in Victorian costume, be amazed at a glass blowing demonstration and make a fused glass tile.

How to obtain

A whole day visit suitable for KS1 to KS4
Cost £5.25 per pupil with accompanying adults free of charge.
Call: 01384 812750 or email redhouse.cone@dudley.gov.uk for a Teacher's Information Pack

The JAM Club's Sticky Saturdays

http://www.dudley.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums--galleries/kids-zone

Sticky Saturdays is our free Saturday family craft club hosted by Red House Glass Cone on the 3rd Saturday of every month, running from 13.00-15.30. The activity lasts around 30 minutes leaving time to look around the exhibitions and site afterwards.

How to obtain

Check out the Club leaflet on the Dudley Council website for more information on The JAM Club and Sticky Saturdays' other host venues. Contact Red House Glass Cone on 01384 812750 for more details.

School pupil dressed as Roman

The Romans at the Cone

http://www.redhousecone.co.uk

A fun, interactive day suitable for KS2 pupils. Your day includes dressing up, handling artefacts, dressing as an archeologist and a hot glassmaking demonstration.

How to obtain

A whole day visit costs: £3.75 per pupil with accompanying adults free.
Call: 01384 812750 or email: redhouse.cone@dudley.gov.uk for a Teacher's Information pack.

Red House Glass Cone
High Street
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands County
DY8 4AZ
England

Website

www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/museums/

Online shop and blog

www.creativecone.co.uk

E-mail

museums@dudley.gov.uk

Telephone

01384 812750

Fax

01384 812751

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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