New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Arts & Crafts Architecture in Birmingham VI: Bournville – the factory in a garden (suburb)

Posted June 18th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 2 Comments

I couldn’t continue my intermittent Arts and Crafts series without mentioning Bournville, the model village cum garden suburb that Pevsner describes as “perhaps the fullest expression of Arts and Crafts ideals” in Birmingham. On a personal level, I have a strong connection ...

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Arts & Crafts Architecture in Birmingham II: AS Dixon & the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 15 Comments

The Birmingham Guild of Handicraft was an Arts and Crafts organisation established in 1890 by local admirers of John Ruskin and William Morris. The Guild’s motto was ‘By Hammer and Hand’, and it produced high quality hand made pieces of metalware and ...

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Arts & Crafts architecture in Birmingham

Posted January 19th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 5 Comments

When I used to sit in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery sketching William Morris patterns for my Art GCSE coursework, I didn’t quite realise the important role Birmingham played in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement. And, in turn, the influence the ...

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Their name liveth for evermore: Brandwood End Cemetery

Posted November 9th, 2013 by Joe Turner with 4 Comments

Brandwood End Cemetery (as featured in Tracey’s Friday Photo a couple of months ago) in Kings Heath is a fascinating and peaceful place to visit, especially at this time of year. It was opened in 1899 – by George Tallis, Chairman of ...

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Space: do you have any spare?

Posted May 29th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Our friends at the Heritage Alliance sent us this. Can you help? Young people crave somewhere to do the things they love – whether that’s sport or the arts, or both. But finding and accessing the space in which to do is not ...

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Urban Explorers

Posted October 29th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

During the summer months I started to look into historic hospital buildings and during this time I came across ‘Urban Explorers’. They are a community of people who are dedicated to historic buildings and decay. They like to look around and take ...

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Tin Box and the Coffin Fittings Works get a great review!

Posted June 20th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

 We had a fantastic review here The directors and performers brought our disused factory to life when they performed Stop the Clocks at the Coffin Fittings Works 10 days ago The reviewer, Natasha Trevenna said “It is the first artistic piece to suggest using the ...

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Unique drama at the Coffin Fittings Works

Posted April 28th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Stop The Clocks Putting the hearse into rehearsals – a team of Birmingham University drama students and their directors – are beginning an exciting venture at the Coffin Fittings Works. Birmingham Conservation Trust welcomes Tin Box theatre company who have been busily devising their ...

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Blue Plaque unveiled for William Bloye

Posted January 22nd, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 8 Comments

William Bloye born in 1890 was a Birmingham sculpture who trained and later taught at the Birmingham School of Art. His plaque joins more than 75 other blue plaques around the city which are awarded by the Birmingham Civic Society to commemorate ...

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Ghost Art…

Posted June 10th, 2010 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Ghost Art – click to see more …Sorry to disappoint those of you who were expecting a blog featuring supernatural art! This post is actually following on from my recent ‘ghost signs‘ post. ‘Ghost sign’ is the term given to the old, faded advertisements often found on ...

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