A discursive celebration event
Our ‘Chat about Chance’ celebration delights the audience.
On Saturday the 15th April 2017 Chance enthusiasts converged at the Brasshouse Community Centre in Smethwick to enjoy tea, cake and indulge in a good old natter.
MADE showcased a new Heritage Lottery funded publication and fabulous website constructed by Oscar Cass-Darweish. We also shared our heart-warming journey of discovery with our partners the Chance Glass Heritage Trust, Smethwick Library Archives, Friends of Galton Valley Canal Museum, Bournville College and Holly Lodge School. Former Chance Glass employees, eager to tell their stories entertained us with memorable anecdotes. Hair-raising stories of mouth pipetting cyanide, and cascades of sulphuric acid melting the stairs were all part of ‘Everybody’s Story.’
Community heritage worker Nita Newman introduced our panel of former Chance Glassworks employees and we got more than we bargained for. Again, the sense of family and place became fully apparent. However, beneath the congeniality belies a professional rigour that we can all learn from today. Chances devotion to the professional development of its workforce was second to none; it appears that they left no stone unturned and no question unanswered in striving to reach perfection.
Former Chance Glassworks employees delighted the audience with their stories and anecdotes of how the glassworks functioned, and how it felt to be part of the Chance story. If you didn’t make it to the event you can listen to all the stories in our new film, slideshow and photo gallery below.
Special thanks to former Chance employees, Nanette Headley, Arthur East, Ron Southam, Gerry Lane, John Walker and Alan Hazeldine for making this event a day to remember.
The publication is available in Sandwell Libraries and available to upload here: