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The marvellous macabre; Coffin Fitting Works by candlelight

Posted October 8th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

For the first time, Birmingham Conservation Trust is offering special twilight tours of the Grade II* listed Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works in the Jewellery Quarter between 26 October and 3 November to raise money for its restoration project which starts early 2013.

Visitors will experience a candlelit tour of the semi-derelict 1894 Victorian factory which made coffin fittings and find out about the manufacturing processes used to produce the decorations for the coffins of Princess Diana and Winston Churchill. Our guides will tell stories about the workers and this family-run business; life in a Victorian factory and an unfortunate incident of cyanide poisoning.

Anyone who has visited Newman Brothers will probably tell you it is always atmospheric whatever time of day, but it transforms into something really magical and eerie in the evening, especially when the courtyard is edged with candles and bats fly overhead; creating the perfect setting for the Halloween season. Our ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the factory focuses on the 100 year history of the Newman Brothers coffin fittings business rather than ghosts and ghouls. However, there may be a few surprises!

The hour-long tour, followed by a warming mug of hot chocolate in the candlelit courtyard are priced at £10 each (plus 80p booking charge) and all profits go towards the Coffin Fitting Works restoration project. Tickets are available from

One Response to “The marvellous macabre; Coffin Fitting Works by candlelight”

  1. Getting into the spirit of the twilight tours: Birmingham Mail photo shoot « Birmingham Conservation Trust October 19, 2012

    […] We had a visit from a photographer with the Birmingham Mail on Monday who took pictures of two of our tour guides Michael (of Ghost Walk fame) and Barbara to accompany a feature on our Twilight Tours. Also there was Kate Dickson, our new Interim Director, on her first day in the office and first evening in the Coffin Fitting Works! […]


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