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Heritage Open Days

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This is a rare opportunity to access the Chance Glassworks one of the most iconic industrial heritage sites in the Midlands.

Come and learn more and about the amazing history of Chance Brothers and our exciting regeneration project

Chance Brothers Glass Works was one of the most important industrial employers in the Midlands region; at its height employing 3500 people producing specialist glass at a scale unprecedented in the UK and exporting a wide variety of products, including its famed lighthouse lenses, around the world. The supply of glass for the Crystal Palace, constructed to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, was probably the company’s most famous single project, but many other prestigious commissions were undertaken and visitors to our Heritage Open Days tours will learn more of the company’s fascinating story.
The Chance Glass Works is a site of great historical and cultural significance, these days only a few buildings remain, they are Grade II listed and site is a Scheduled Monument. Not currently open to the public, we will be giving tours of the iconic Seven Storey Building, talking about the history and significance of the site as well as looking at some of the wide range of products produced by the company.
There will be an opportunity to join a walking tour along the Birmingham Main Line and Brindley Line Canals, to view canal site buildings and learn more about the role of the canal navigation network in supporting the distribution of the factory's goods to the rest of the world.

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