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There is a real buzz about Heritage Open Days in the Jewellery Quarter this year!

Posted August 29th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

Here at Birmingham Conservation Trust we are delighted to be working with so many new volunteers. Today it is my pleasure to introduce one of our new recruits – Nigel Evans – who is joining our team of bloggers!

Nigel has worked in and around the Jewellery Quarter for nearly 40 years and told us that up until a few years ago he had never considered writing online journals, but these days appreciates that digital and social media have grown to become very important resources and marketing tools for the sector.



and on the subject of marketing…over to you Nigel!

There is a real buzz about Heritage Open Days in the Jewellery Quarter this year!


There is a real buzz about Heritage Open Days in Birmingham this year, so why not spend a day or even the weekend in the Jewellery Quarter visiting multiple Heritage venues?

From Birmingham City Centre make your way along Newhall Street to Fleet Street and Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works then onto Royal Birmingham Society of Artists{RBSA} in Brook Street. Perhaps take in St. Paul’s Church St. Paul’s Square followed by the Pen Room Museum in Frederick Street then on to see not one but two wonderful examples of historical cemeteries Key Hill and Warstone Lane before ending the tour at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Vyse Street.

Note that J E Evans Silver Factory located in Albion Street is open to visitors but only on a limited basis and a booking is required. Enquiry details here

Who would have thought that here in the city of Birmingham so many gems abound, and not just the jewellery!

Heritage Open Days Jewellery Quarter Events include:

Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works

A warm welcome in the courtyard with tours, an exhibition, family friendly arts and crafts activities , dress up like a funeral director or Victorian factory worker and handling collections. Live music and performance throughout the day courtesy of Tin Box Theatre Company.


For Heritage Open Days there will be a demonstration by Birmingham and Midland Pastel Society – come and learn about working in various pastel techniques

Pen Room Museum


  • Marion Richardson – Midlands born Pioneer of writing and penal reform
  • Pugin Bicentenary – Development of pens across 180 years of the Pugin Dynasty
  • Interactive Tools – Make a pen and also against the clock with our special press
  • Calligraphy Demonstrations

Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries

September 8th 2012 – To be held in
Warstone Lane Cemetery. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guided walks of both cemeteries will only occur Sunday 9th September 2012

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Entrance to factory tour and galleries is free throughout Heritage Open Weekend

Free costumed guided tours.

Tours allocated on a first come first served basis.


For more details visit the Heritage Open Days event directory

Location Maps

Coffin Furniture Factory


St. Paul’s Church

Pen Room Museum

J. W. Evans Silver Factory

Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter


One Response to “There is a real buzz about Heritage Open Days in the Jewellery Quarter this year!”

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