New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Sponsored Marathon in aid of Birmingham Conservation Trust

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

My name is Katie Kershaw and I am one of BCT’s trustees. I became involved with the Trust because I am passionate about historic buildings and my home city of Birmingham. I am enormously grateful for the fantastic work that the Trust ...

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The Coffin Works staff team is now in place

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with 3 Comments

Yesterday, we had our first full team meeting and it marked the start of a new era! We have been joined by our new Learning Manager, Lorraine Kenny, who will be leading on education and outreach for the Coffin Works. Lorraine worked previously as the Head ...

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Join us at for an illustrated talk of the Cadbury Barn, Manor Farm Park; past, present and future

Posted September 17th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

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Volunteering for Birmingham Conservation Trust

Posted August 24th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

  Supporters and volunteers at a recent ‘pub’ quiz and film night at The Coffin Works. Louise has been volunteering with us for two years now and is an integral part of our team. Here, she explains why she loves working for the Trust ...

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A new future for the ‘Cadbury Barn’ at Manor Farm Park?

Posted August 6th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with 2 Comments

If you have been to Manor Farm Park, just off the Bristol Road between Selly Oak and Northfield, you’ll have noticed the ‘Cadbury Barn’ at the main entrance which is semi-derelict and boarded up. Birmingham Conservation Trust has been commissioned to prepare an ‘Options Appraisal’, ...

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‘Homecoming’

Posted July 27th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

Dawn, as an ex-funeral director, has been an invaluable source of information on the project, helping me developing my own knowledge of coffin furniture. Six months ago I embarked on what was possibly the most daunting (and exciting!) task of my career so ...

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My First Research Project for BCT; The Standard Works

Posted July 24th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with 4 Comments

Hello, my name is Zeta Sutcliffe. I was widowed at the end of last year, and decided I needed a project to keep my mind fully occupied, and to fill my evenings. I approached Birmingham Conservation Trust in the hope they would ...

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From Cabinets to Coffins

Posted July 14th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 3 Comments

  Possibly Newman Brothers’ first coffin-furniture catalogue, circa 1894. Familiar with brass since 1882, they continued to use this material in their new business venture producing coffin furniture from 1894 onwards. © Newman Brothers at The Coffin Works.  One of the most common questions ...

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The Coffin Works: Keep Calm and Carry On – A Conservator’s Perspective

Posted June 29th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 2 Comments

My name is Deborah Magnoler and I’m a conservator, currently working on the Coffin Works’ project. The Newman Brothers’ Coffin Fittings Works in Fleet Street will open to the public in October 2014. While the factory is being refurbished, the whole of ...

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Newman Brothers’ Placement: Valia Goula

Posted June 22nd, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

Hi, My name is Valia, I come from Greece and I have studied History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Currently, I am studying for my MA in Heritage Management at the University of Birmingham and I have ...

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