I am Julie a new blogger for the BCT and I thought as one of my first posts I would write about my experiences helping out on the first Twilight Tour of Newman Brothers…..
The Coffin Fitting Works was transformed tonight into an eerie, yet quite a magical setting; decorated throughout with tea light candles it felt like we had been transported back 120 years to Victorian Birmingham.
As visitors passed through the old wooden gates, escaping the icy wind blowing down Fleet street, they perhaps came in the hope of seeing a few ghosts, but ultimately they came to learn about the factory’s unique history and to hear about the many stories that are woven into its very fabric.
Armed with L.E.D candles, visitors did battle against the darkness and headed up the stairs into the factory with tonight’s tour guide Leigh, dressed in his finery complete with bowler hat! Leigh entertained the group with anecdotes of passed workers and stories about life in a Victorian factory. The group spent some time in the Shroud room and also the wonderful time capsule that is the Stamp Room.
At the end of the tour apparently no one had seen any ghosts, but there were a few spooky moments that got people wondering if perhaps one of the original Newman brothers still walks the corridors and watches over the factory!
With more Twilight Tours to come over the next week I hope that all visitors enjoy their time at the factory, it truly is a mesmerising building and such a unique piece of Birmingham’s heritage.