On Tuesday 1st October Birmingham Conservation Trust Director Simon Buteux will be giving a talk on the latest developments at the Coffin Works.
The talk, entitled “A mercantile Marie Celeste”, will be take place at the Birmingham and Midland Institute on Margaret Street at 7pm. It is the first lecture in the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society’s 2013/14 lecture series. In a richly illustrated lecture, Simon will sketch the archaeology and history of the Newman Brothers coffin fittings works, an extraordinary survival in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Here was made the coffin furniture that graced the coffins of Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and even Princess Diana. Simon will also describe progress with the repair and conservation of the factory, and the work being done to create the exciting new ‘heritage attraction’ that will open next summer.
All are welcome, although there will be a small charge for non-members of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society (but why not join and catch the rest of the lecture series – it is well worth it!).