Box of Miscellaneous Papers Mostly Relating to the Glass Industry
- Reference Number: BS6/10/3/1/17
- Date: [c. 1890] - 1980
- Level: File
- Extent: 1 box containing c.87 items
- Creator: Chance Brothers
- Description: The box is labelled 'Glassworks'. Unsure of why these papers have been collected together; whether it was for the purposes of research or not. The majority of the papers consist of correspondence between Sir Hugh Chance and various individuals discussing the former's research papers and lectures, or the history of Chance Brothers and Chance family history (1955-1980). There are also several newspaper cuttings including two articles discussing the death of Raymond Bastick, a former employee of Chance Brothers who undertook research in optical glass (1978), an article discussing Sir Hugh Chance's lecture on the history of optical glass given to the Society of Glass Technology (1936), an article discussing the discovery of a note from Lucas Chance which reveals that the Spon Lane Glassworks were acquired in 1822 rather than 1824 , an article describing a Royal tour of the Midlands (1940). Other papers include an exhibition guide for 'The Royal Society. Conversazione' (1929); two mounted copies of a photograph of a Chance Brothers' double-rolled machine and notes dicussing the photograph by R. Bullock [c. 1890]-(1949); booklet describing the history of Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea by B.J. Greenhill (1959); typescript notes on 'Mr. Jack Dowler's Experience of the Stourbridge Glass Trade' and accompnaying correspondence from Mr Dowler (1956); typescript paper by Sir Hugh Chance titled 'Glassmaking in the Bromsgrove Neighbourhood' with accompanying correspondence to Fred Crawford (1954); typescript paper by Sir Hugh Chance on The Bromsgrove Glassworks (1959); manuscript notes titled 'Information from John Northwood' (n.d.); correspondence and newspaper cuttings discussing the deaths of Mrs Marie Hampton and Miss Lorna Dutton (1978-1978); correspondence and plans relating to a proposed development of the Spon Lane works (1980); correspondence discussing the boat the 'Chance Two' (1980); photograph of a group of people including W.L. Chance and W.H.S. Chance at the opening of the J.F. Chance Memorial Pavilion (1939); invitation for Sir Hugh and Lady Chance to attend an 150th Anniversary Exhibition of Pilkington Brothers Ltd (1976); a Christmas card from the directors of T. & W. Ide Ltd containing a 1794 map of London, which includes their glassworks (1948); a photograph of a group of people and written on the back is 'Visit of Mayor and Mayoress of Smethwick' (1954); a copy of the 'Pilkington News' newspaper containing an article (on p. 3) describing the 150th anniversary celebrations of Chance Brothers (1974); manuscript notes discussing the development of the use of tank blocks, crown bricks, pots, and mixing in glass making (n.d.); menu from the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lucien Delloye as director of St Gobain (1931); a German postcard consisting of photographs of Adolf Hitler and von Hindenburg beside the coat of arms of the Weimer Republic (the Reichsadler) [c. early 1930s]; and two copies of a Christmas card from Hugh and Cynthia Chance containing an illustration of The Smalls Lighthouse, Wales (1947).
- Terms:Gorgeous Glass
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- Access Status: Open
- Contact: Sandwell Archives, Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
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