In 1999 the old Royal Doulton factory in Stourbridge was facing the same fate as most of the other glass factories locally; being turned into a housing estate and losing its sense of identity. The Ruskin Mill Land Trust stepped in and bought the site in 2000 and has spent the last 17 years fundraising to renovate the buildings and create a thriving hub for the community.

Heritage Lottery Fund was the first funder to back the project, calling the vision 'truly transformational'. Advantage West Midlands provided £1.5m in funding to create the Ruskin Glass Centre, housing individual glass and craft businesses in a collaborative and collegiate zone. Heritage Lottery funded the expansion of the centre and the creation of the Glasshouse Arts Centre, which hosts the cultural programme and Glasshouse College's performing arts curriculum. The Webb Corbett Visitor Centre houses a fascinating series of displays and artefacts charting the history of glassmaking on this site since 1691. Collectively the site is known as The Glasshouse.

This project has reached the final of the National Lottery Awards 2017.

Voting opens 29 June to midnight 27 July. Please vote for us to win under the Education section.

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.

The Glasshouse Project* (see below for a brief description) has been selected from over 1,300 entries and is now competing against six others for the title of Best Education Project. If it wins, it’ll feature on a BBC 1 television show which would give some fantastic national publicity to the work of Ruskin Mill and everyone involved with the Glasshouse Project over the last seventeen years.

Please support the Project by casting your vote online (or by phone), on Facebook and by TwitterYou can vote 3 times in total – one by each method only.  All voting closes at midnight on 27 July 2017.

Online (or by phone):

Follow the link: and then clicking on the ‘vote’ button, or by phoning 0844 836 9682.


Follow the link: #NLAGlasshouse in to the comments field and submit (liking and sharing do not give a vote, but will raise awareness)


Follow the link:

Retweet the post.  You can create your own Tweet to vote but include #NLAGlasshouse in the Tweet.

Voting online, by Facebook or Twitter is free (subject to any internet charges); voting by phone up to the end of the voting period will cost 5p max plus any network operator charge

Please also forward this message to your family, friends and other contacts and ask them to give their support. Every vote counts!

We’ll keep you updated on our progress – thank you

Ian Clements, Capital Projects Co-ordinator

Oliver Cheney, Principal – Glasshouse College

*The Glasshouse Project
The Glasshouse Project is the transformation and regeneration of an historic, semi-derelict glass factory site near Stourbridge to create the Glasshouse – home to Glasshouse College (which provides a craft-based curriculum for students with learning and behavioural difficulties), the Ruskin Glass Centre (public café and workshops for local businesses that also provide work experience for Glasshouse College students), the Glasshouse Arts Centre and the Glasshouse Heritage Centre.

The Glasshouse Project is a partnership between Ruskin Mill Land Trust and Ruskin Mill Trust. The National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, has invested about £2.5m in the regeneration of site over the past 8 years.

Fundraising continues so we can tackle the final undeveloped area of the site.