New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Permission granted! After 15 years we can start the restoration at Newman Brothers.

Posted June 23rd, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 2 Comments

Last week we received the exciting news that we have been granted planning permission and listed building consent for the restoration scheme at Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works. What that means is that we can start drawing down Heritage Lottery and English Heritage funding ...

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Flying the flag for the Birmingham Conservation Trust!

Posted June 22nd, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

          Last month BCT volunteers Jackie and Kris were invited as speakers to Rotary House in Droitwich Spa to speak to the Probus Club (retired professional and business persons club) about the work of the Trust. Many of this group have been involved ...

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What do coffin fittings, silverware and pen nibs have in common?

Posted June 19th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

                  Sorry, no punchline… but they do have in common a rich history of manufacturing in the Jewellery Quarter. They are also things that BCT, the Pen Room Museum and English Heritage are keen to share with school groups! I (Suzanne) spent a really interesting couple of hours at ...

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Birmingham Conservation Trust assist in the bid for £5m to restore Moseley Road Baths

Posted June 12th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 3 Comments

The spectacular Moseley Road Baths, in Balsall Heath, is a building of national importance. It is the oldest of only three Grade II* Listed swimming pools currently operating in Britain (there are only seven national examples!). Built in 1907 it contains rare and unique ...

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It’s a tale about love. Just how we feel about the Birmingham Coffin Fitting Works!

Posted June 7th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

  Shimmer-Man Productions have shot their new short film called ‘Circles’ at our wonderful Newman Brother’s Factory – inspired by the Tin Box theatre production there ‘Stop the Clocks’ in 2011. Producer Stephanie told us why she chose it as a film set; “It is ...

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Introducing a new team member!

Posted June 5th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

We are delighted to welcome Suzanne Carter to the BCT team on a part time basis for the next few months. Some of you may remember Suzanne from her days as Outreach Manager for English Heritage. As well as supporting Elizabeth in her work, Suzanne ...

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Will it be the next project?

Posted May 28th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

For some time we have been considering a tiny, semi-derelict but lovely building in Yardley Cemetery as a future project. Currently owned by the Birmingham’s Bereavement Services, and no longer suitable for current purposes, this fantastic building is in poor condition and ...

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Elizabeth reunited with historic Wallpaper at the Birmingham Back to Backs!

Posted April 16th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Elizabeth Perkins, the Director here at the Conservation Trust,  has finally been reunited with the wallpaper that she stripped of the walls of the Back-to-Back houses in Birmingham  8 years ago!  The back to backs are run by the National trust, but ...

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Resilience in challenging economic times

Posted April 4th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Birmingham Conservation Trust has been selected as one of twelve case studies nationally for a new English Heritage – Heritage Counts report on resilience in heritage organisations during challenging financial times!  The research, which is being carried out by BOP consulting, will particularly focus ...

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Recycling on a Grand Scale

Posted March 22nd, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Is it possible to recycle a building? I guess the answer is yes and in Birmingham we have many examples.  A visit to the Birmingham Back-to-Backs will prove that not only can buildings be saved for the future, they can also be turned ...

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