An invitation has gone out to attend the Chance Glassworks - Everybody's Story - launch event on November 24th (see my previous post for info on the UK Lottery funding announcement). Sadly I won't be able to attend but I hope some of my readers will make it.
Details of the launch, and links to videos and other articles on Chance Brothers, can be found here.
History West Midlands magazine has done much to revive interest in Chance Brothers, as well as the history of "the people of the West Midlands,
their ideas, innovation and industry."
There is a connection between the magazine and South Africa - publisher Mike Gibbs is a regular visitor to and dedicated supporter of Gansbaai in the Overberg region of the Southern Cape.
Gansbaai has just won Gold in the Responsible Tourism Awards destination category - see here for details.
The town, close to Danger Point where a Chance Brothers lens was installed in the newly erected lighthouse in 1895, is a mecca for whale-watching, shark-diving and the launch point for visitors to Dyer Island, breeding ground for tens of thousands of the endangered African Penguin.
The lighthouse was placed close to the site where the HMS Birkenhead went down forty three years earlier - a notorious shipwreck which gave birth to the naval drill of "women and children first." You can read about it here.
Well done to Mike for all your endeavours!