I am very pleased to announce that I have been awarded the commission of ‘Consultant Glass Artist’ for the ‘Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels Restoration Project’.

This exciting Project is led by the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust (WMHBT).  The WMHBT is a registered Charity and specialises in the field of building conservation.

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust has successfully secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and other funding sources, to conserve and restore the rare, but redundant, Victorian Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels near Stourbridge, which are Grade II Listed and registered as ‘buildings at risk’, and to bring them back into sustainable use as offices without detriment to the historic fabric and architectural integrity of the buildings.

An important part of the Project is a ‘Activity Plan’ and my role within this will include community engagement, working with local Redhill Secondary School pupils and students from the Birmingham Metropolitan Collegeto produce designs for two windows within the Chapels.  These designs, once approved will then be made & fabricated by us at the Studio in Stourbridge.

The ‘Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels’, are dated 1878 and are a great example of Victorian Gothic style church architecture and 19th century cemetery design.  The building is Grade II listed and this recognition is because of its architectural and historical importance as part of the UK’s national heritage.  The Chapels were designed to incorporate two chapels within a single building, one side designated Anglican and the other non-conformist.

To read more about the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, the Cemetery Chapels and the Building History click on this link.  This will take you to the ‘Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels’ website.