At the edge of The Black Country, twelve miles to the West of Birmingham, lies the town of Stourbridge which is home to over 55,000 inhabitants, primarily commuters to its larger neighbours.
Historically the town was at the centre of the glass-making industry, much of which has now moved abroad, but Stourbridge is still a by-word for high-quality glassware, being used many times to make gifts for royalty and other important global figures.
The Red House Glass Museum offers a glimpse into the industry, with demonstrations of traditional glass-blowing techniques and housed within what is thought to be one of the only remaining glass cones in the country.
Although Stourbridge retains much of its industrial heritage, there are still many parts that have the feel of a sleepy rural town with many fine Victorian buildings on show and attractive green spaces.
Read more about Stourbridge in the About Stourbridge section.