In 2017 the Ruskin Mill Land Trust, through the Glasshouse Heritage Centre, and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council created a partnership project ‘Voices of the Cones’ with the aim of collecting, preserving and promoting the stories from people who were, or are, involved in the Stourbridge glass industry.

Over the last two years 100 oral history recordings have been collected covering all aspects of the famous Stourbridge glass industry, including glass cutters, pot makers, people who maintained the furnaces, people who dealt with processing and orders and many more. The oral histories showcase the social and economic impact of the industry which by just looking at an object is not immediately apparent, they enable us to convey the value of individual objects and experiences and bring them to life.

Well known Birmingham-based folk musician Dan Whitehouse has been commissioned to develop a series of songs interpreting this rich history and to bring them to life, while writer and storyteller John Edgar narrates the stories alongside.

This performance combines these songs, stories and images withive music. A very special evening.

7pm Lehr Studio Theatre

£8 / £6 concessions

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund


Dan Whitehouse is an acclaimed and award winning (BMA 2018) English singer/songwriter whose classic sounding songs have been described succinctly as ‘Black Country Soul’. Now signed to Reveal Records, Dan has toured and collaborated with label mates Joan as Police Woman, Kris Drever, Boo Hewerdine and  Eddi Reader and The Little Unsaid alongside his own sell out headline shows and festival appearances.

Dan is currently recording his second album for Reveal which looks set to be his finest artistic statement to date.

 “Really, really gorgeous songs... ” - Janice Long

“Lyrics which involuntarily swerve your gaze to the sky” - Music Week

"Sensational!" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“delicate voice and subtle melodies”-  THE TIMES

 “A Triple threat, a fine songwriter, a unique vocal talent and a talented multi-instrumentalist/performer” MAVERICK

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