The Lace Guild Museum
The Lace Guild Museum is a small independent accredited Museum run entirely by volunteers, housed in a detached Edwardian building in the heart of the Stourbridge Glass Quarter.
It is a specialist museum with a large collection of lace and lace related artefacts. The Museum collects both antique and contemporary lace. The Lace Guild CIO, a membership organisation and registered Education Charity, was founded nearly 50 years ago to encourage the up take and further knowledge about this fascinating heritage craft.
They have themed exhibitions of lace and lace making artefacts from the collection, changed about every three month. In between there are topical and local interest exhibitions and displays of members work from all parts of the British Isles. Visitors are encouraged to browse the extensive library of specialist books and periodicals. Members are able to borrow books from the library.
The collection can also be studied by prior arrangement. The extensive and growing archive is in the process of being catalogued and will be soon available as a study resource.
The Museum is currently open every Wednesday to Friday from 10 – 3, except Bank Holidays, subject to the availability of a volunteer. Plans are underway to open every Saturday from February to November (currently first monthly). Quarterly, on the first Saturday of February, May, August, and November, one of the Honorary Curators is available to identify your lace and to advise on care and conservation. Please phone for an appointment.