Broseley Heritage Centre
The centre will be the focus for celebrating and sharing the rich industrial and social history of the town and its people, from the squatters who carved the unique ‘Jitties’, to the great innovators whose achievements helped to shape the Industrial Revolution and made the Ironbridge Gorge so significant a place in world history.
The church is itself of historical importance and interest, not least as it is home to a spectacular stained glass window by Charles Kempe, one the country’s most renowned pre-Raphaelite designers. Sadly that feature is hidden today and the heritage centre will enable this to be revealed in all its glory. Kempe’s work adorns some of the UK’s most beautiful houses and cathedrals. Adrian Barlow is a trustee of the Kempe Trust and is particularly keen to reveal what may be Kempe’s last window and so could be “of considerable, and possibly unique, importance”.
UPDATE: The shuttering obscuring the Kempe window has now been taken down, so although still hidden behind the organ we were able to take a series of photographs to allow people to appreciate the beauty of the work.