In this section you will see some resources that have been delivered at Holly Lodge School and Bournville College. These resources have been created through MADE’s collaboration with teachers and lecturers.

All of the resources provided can be altered to meet the needs of the school and students. Imaginative use of this information can be utilised across the curriculum towards trips and visits to lighthouses and classes that encompass engineering, history, art and science. This website acts as a useful signposting tool so that schools can identify lighthouses and communicate with them through the links that have been made available through our research. The links to other websites that hold information about Chance Glassworks provide reliable internet research information.

You can also download our special ‘Lighthouse Links ‘certificate template so that you can create your own lighthouse links with lighthouse friends of your choice.


Holly Lodge School


Holly Lodge School kicked off the lighthouse links project as part of their ‘history stretch’ part of the curriculum. Twelve year seven students took part in role play to discover and debate the use of lighthouses from the perspective of the ‘wreckers’, the shipping companies, and the captain and crew of the ships at sea. Students learnt about the very first offshore lighthouse at Eddystone off the coast of Plymouth and the adventures of Henry Winstanley. The pupils also learnt about the wider diversity of what Chance Brothers Glass Works manufactured from the four faces of the Westminster Clock Tower, to the amazing Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Holly Lodge students also chose to help the staff at MADE and Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust ( in helping to secure the future of the Chance Glass Works site. The young people’s contributions to the press release in the Express & Star helped in saving Chance Glass Works from further damage from current and future activities on the site. Pupils at Holly Lodge have demonstrated how they value their locality and its heritage through learning about and choosing to support Chance Brothers. The banners that the young people are pictured with were later altered for a celebratory art installation as a small part of the ‘M5 mile’ event held on Saturday the 16th July 2016.

Thanks to the efforts of individuals from around the world a planning application for skip hire and rubbish sorting activities was blocked. Chance Brothers Glass Works has been successfully saved from 11 years of potential damage that could have had a massive impact both physically and economically. On Wednesday 13th July 2016 planning was blocked by a 6:1 majority; Sandwell Council received 600 objections and 28 letters of objection from as far away as Australia. MADE and CGWHT held extensive Twitter campaigns, an on line petition, Facebook shares and email call outs to raise awareness.

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Holly Lodge School resources were aimed at a year 7 history group. Feel free to browse and use the power points for educational use. Holly Lodge students also chose to become involved in opposing a skip hire operation on the site; the project quickly turned from history to activism!



Bournville College and the ‘Lighthouse Links’ project


Bournville College teamed up with MADE to discover lighthouse heritage worldwide though our project entitled ‘Everybody’s Story’. Lecturer Bonita Leatham and MADE’s Community Heritage Worker Nita Newman have been working together to help students to discover the world of Chance Glass Works. Students have researched the history of Chance Glass Works and its product range including the famed lighthouse lenses.

On Monday 7th November 2016 fifty level 2 and 3 Art & Design and Textile students visited Nash Point lighthouse to offer the official friendship of Chance Brothers Glass Works and to learn about lighthouse heritage. The project enables the sharing of heritage information so that we can share stories from the Chance Glass factory with stories from the sea. Students also shared their artistic responses with Nash Point through Facebook and on other platforms such as the  blogsite and the MADE website.

Students learnt how to respond to their research through drawing painting and textile mediums that was assessed as part of their course work. The courses at Bournville will culminate in an exhibition of their work at the end of the academic year in 2017. This will showcase all of their research and responses to the products that Chance Glass produced. This exhibition will further raise the profile of Chance Glass Works as a world class heritage site of special significance.

Information from writer David Encill through his books ‘Chance Expressions’ and ‘Chance Additions’ has provided valuable inspiration in terms of surface and pattern design; see David’s website here. In terms of the factory and its future the students discussed the plans for the site under the direction of the Chance Glass Heritage Trust.

We hope that Bournville College will light the way for other institutions to share our stories. MADE would also like to thank Bonita Leatham for having the foresight to put the project forward so that Bournville College and MADE could benefit from the projects potential to reach a global audience.


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Level 2 and 3 Fashion and Textiles

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Trip to Nash Point Lighthouse

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Bournville College’s resources are aimed towards Art and Design level 2 & 3 course with a textile specialism, again this can be tailored towards other art and design specialisms such as graphic design and fine art.


Introductory Powerpoints Level 2 and 3


Subject Specific Powerpoints Level 2


Subject Specific Powerpoints Level 3