THE new Stourbridge Glass Museum aims to strengthen community links and expand its exhibitions following the appointment of a curator and projects officer.

Passionate about Black Country heritage, Harrison Davies will oversee development of outreach activities aimed at engaging people of all ages on Stourbridge’s glassmaking history, while ensuring the Wordsley museum’s globally significant collection and temporary exhibitions evolve.

Formerly with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Harrison will play a key role in developing the museum’s contribution to the British Glass Biennale festival and its involvement in the 2022 International Year of Glass.

He said the chance to work at the new museum was a “high point” in his career, adding: “Stourbridge Glass Museum is undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of the area’s glassmaking heritage and I’m very excited about building a calendar of attractions that will keep the public interested and entertained for years to come.

“I’m also really delighted to be working with the trustees to create innovative ways of presenting the permanent and temporary exhibitions to keep things exciting and fresh for both regular and new visitors.”

Harrison, who has a degree in archaeology and ancient history, is currently completing an MA in conservation of the historic environment. He previously worked as collections inventory assistant for Birmingham Museums Trust, specialising in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s historical collections and artworks.

Graham Knowles, chairman of the trustees at Stourbridge Glass Museum, said: “It’s great to have Harrison on board and I’m looking forward to working together to build on our opening success and generate even more interest in glassmaking among people of all age groups and backgrounds.”

The museum, which opened in April, has a packed programme of events lined up including a Father’s Day sand-casting workshop on June 18 and a glass dress workshop on July 9.

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