Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Lighting the way - How Chance Brothers saved the lives of the world’s seafarers


 
Limited places - special evening
Lighting the way
How Chance Brothers saved the lives of the world’s seafarers

For much of the 19th Century and early 20th Century the Smethwick company of Chance Brothers was the largest manufacture of glass in Britain.

Employing more than 3,500 people, the company created new technologies which lead the world.

As a result Chance Brothers became globally famous. Its uniquely thin and light glass made the building of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition possible. Meanwhile, the excellence of the company’s optical lenses created the first modern lighthouses which dramatically improved the safety of increasingly crowded and dangerous seaways.

History West Midlands offers you a unique opportunity to learn more about this fascinating story of an iconic Midlands family enterprise.

Speakers will talk about the industrial history of the Black Country, the company’s technological advances, particularly in the development of the modern lighthouse and the family’s philanthropic contributions to the care of its employees.

Price
£24 per person
Date
Monday, 13th July 2015
Time
Doors open 18:30 for 19:00 start
Venue
Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP (near the Library of Birmingham)

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