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The Crystal Canal; a self-guided walk along the Stourbridge Canal

Black Country-born writer and presenter Graham Fisher features in a new on-line guide to local waterways and associated industries.

The Crystal Canal; a self-guided walk along the Stourbridge Canal is the latest in The Royal Geographical Society’s Discovering Britain series and examines the myriad glass works and other industries from the perspective of the canal that runs right through it.

Based on his 2010 book Jewels on the Cut, the guide is available as a free audio or PDF download. The PDF can be printed off as a hard copy and Graham has also provided a MP3 voice track so that can be used as an audio guide. Featured locations include, amongst others, the Bonded Warehouse, Foster & Rastrick, Ruskin Glass Centre and Red House Glass Cone. There is also reference to the work of the British Glass Foundation, who are seeking to create a new canalside world-class museum to house the renowned Stourbridge Glass collection.

Graham says: ‘I am delighted to have been associated with this project, which should help bring the wonderful history of our waterways and the rejuvenated Stourbridge Glass industry to a deservedly ever-widening audience.’

The Crystal Canal walk can be downloaded from: http://www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/west-midlands/stourbridge-canal.html#tabbox

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