Special weekend. Telling the story of lighthouses. Everybody's story: Smethwick's story
Chance Brothers Glass works in Smethwick made the modern lighthouse possible, saving the lives of countless mariners around the world. Now plans are being developed to rejuvenate the iconic site in Spon Lane and save the remaining buildings in which generations of Smethwick families worked.

As part of its programme, Everybody's Story exploring the heritage of Chance Brothers, MADE is organising a weekend of free events.
Saturday 22nd October 2016

Enthralling free talks by Mark Lewis Founding member of the Lighthouse Society.

Discover the story of the lighthouse, learn about the lighthouse-keeper's life and explore the importance of these enduring coastal monuments.
Enthralling free talks by Mark Lewis
Venues

1045 Smethwick Library
High Street
Smethwick
B66 1AA
1430 Hindu Cultural Resource Centre
Durga Bhawan, 360 Spon Lane South
Smethwick
B66 1AB

To book your free place

Email: nitanewman@live.co.uk or call Nita 07779 414598 or Pooja 0121 348 7980
Sunday 23rd October 2016

Fun for all the family
Lighthouse art workshops

Morning 'drop in' session
1030 - 1230 (no entry after 1200)

Afternoon 'drop in' session
1400 - 1600 (no entry after 1530)
Fun for all the family
Venue

Brasshouse Community Centre
Brasshouse Lane
Smethwick
B66 1BA
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear old clothes!

Everyone welcome.
Read how Chance Brothers lit up the world's oceans

The race to illuminate the world
Lighthouses: The Race to Illuminate the World
Toby Chance

At the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in 1851, James Chance, of the glass-making firm Chance Brothers, is nervously showcasing a new lens, that, unknown to him, will revolutionise lighthouse production, propel his family business into a position of world leadership, save countless lives and have far-reaching consequences for trade, empire and the map of the world. This is where the story begins.

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Watch a short film
Chance Brothers - Pioneering glass technology

For 150 years the Smethwick company of Chance Brothers was one of the most important and innovative pioneers of glassmaking in the world.

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Chance Brothers - Pioneering glass technology

Lighting the world – Chance Brothers family story Listen to the story of Chance Brothers

For more than a century one Black Country company - Chance Brothers of Smethwick - dominated glassmaking in Britain. The family were consistently at the innovative edge of glassmaking technology and developed products which shaped its use around the world. It was patented glass from Chances which made the dream of crystal palace a reality.

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Learn about the exciting plans for the Spon Lane site

Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust

Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust | www.cgwht.org
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