New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

“Lovely to see live history. Means much more than just talking or reading about it”

Posted September 18th, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

BCT Director, receiving our visitors for HODs 2013

Well, Heritage Open Days are over for another year and I hope you got a chance to explore the city – or indeed another town or city – as part of this year’s annual free celebration of England’s amazing history and heritage.



At the Coffin Works on Sunday we welcomed 100 people on hard hat tours, led by double-act Ian and Chris from our contractors FWA. They explained to visitors their approach to conserving as much as the historic features of the factory as possible  while bringing it up to spec. to satisfy modern standards and building regulations. It was great to join a tour myself and learn about the little details they are able to preserve!











BCT volunteer Barbara was there to give visitors a flavour of the social history and show some of the products that the factory made, but the focus of the tours was the conservation works taking place. It was lovely to welcome back visitors who we had seen on a pre-restoration tour; they are following the process along with us; see  you again when we open!










Here is a link to a review posted by Simone Ribeiro who joined us on a tour.

Also there on Sunday was BCT volunteer Tracey from The Friday Photo capturing changes in the factory this month. Here is a photo for those who don’t know the photographer behind the photos!











There is going to be limited public access to the site during the works, but we are going to be holding an ‘exclusive’ hard hat event especially for members of our Supporters Group at a later date. So, why not join our Supporters Group and have an opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ for yourself during this exciting refurbishment phase.

Massive thanks to Ian, Chris, Barbara, Simon and Tracey for their hard work on the day.

Just loving the hard hats!




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