New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Some of our fabulous volunteers – Rosie and Jennifer

Posted May 21st, 2009 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

Like lots of other organisations, the Birmingham Conservation Trust wouldn’t exist or be able to function  without the time, enthusiasm and energy of our fabulous volunteers. So we thought we’d share a little bit  about who some of them are and what they get up to.

Rosie with the book scanning machine

Rosie with the book scanning machine

First up is Rosie Phenix-Walker who is scanning catalogues and ledgers for us.  Rosie works full time elsewhere and gives a couple of hours a week to this project – we are very grateful to her. Her work will mean we can reproduce exact facsimiles of the catalogues we have and some of the pages from the ledgers and account books. As she does this, she is discovering snippets of information about the operation of Newman Brothers that will greatly add to our understanding of the place and the way it operated.

Jennifer Lockie is volunteering for BCT

Jennifer Lockie is volunteering for BCT

We are also lucky to have another volunteer, Jennifer Lockie, who is busy researching in the City Archive for us. Jennifer hails from Canada and has a BA degree in Art History and Religion from the University of Toronto. (She is getting married in June so is volunteering for us in the meantime.) She is going through 19th and 20th century business directories finding out more about Newman Brothers and other coffin fittings makers and allied trades in Birmingham.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email with your details or leave a comment below.

One Response to “Some of our fabulous volunteers – Rosie and Jennifer”

  1. Caroline Wakefield June 9, 2009


    I am enquiring about volunteering opportunities with Birmingham Conservation Trust.

    I am currently employed as a Transport Planner in Birmingham, but am developing an interest in the heritage sector, particularly with a view to historic buildings, and am considering the possibilities of moving my career into a similar field. As I have no experience of working in this sector, my attention was drawn to the Birmingham Conservation Trust website, and I wondered if you had any volunteering opportunities available?

    I currently work full time in Aston, although I would potentially be available evenings / most weekends.

    Kind regards

    Caroline Wakefield.


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