New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Newman Brothers’ Placement

Posted June 15th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 1 Comment

Hi, my name is Steven and I’m a Heritage Management MA student at the Ironbridge Institute, currently working with Birmingham Conservation Trust on Birmingham’s latest, eagerly anticipated heritage attraction, the Newman Brothers Coffin Works. Within this blog I hope to bring to ...

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Volunteers’ Week

Posted June 1st, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 3 Comments

The research team have been getting to know the likes of ‘Mr Salt’ and other Newman Brothers’ employees through the many documents discovered in the company archive. Tomorrow marks the start of Volunteers’ Week, which gives us the opportunity at The Coffin Works ...

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Help us bring Newman Brothers back to life. Get involved!

Posted May 30th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Now that our Volunteer and Operations Manager Marie is in post the recruitment drive is on for volunteers to join our team at Newman Brothers, at the Coffin Works, when we open in October. (Yes, unfortunately due to a delay in the ...

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Listed Derelict Building to be refurbished in the Jewellery Quarter: The Standard Works

Posted April 24th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with 12 Comments

Glasshouse College is breathing life back into a derelict building in the Jewellery Quarter. The Standard Works in Vittoria Street, built in 1879 and grade II listed, has stood empty for the last two decades.  The charity is setting up a specialist further ...

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A Family Connection

Posted April 20th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

Late 19th-century map showing Fleet Street. Caroline’s daughter, also called Caroline, lived briefly at number 3 Fleet Street in 1891, located near the corner of Newhall Street. Just a stone’s throw away, she may well have seen the construction of Newman Brothers, ...

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In the shade of an old cypress tree

Posted April 1st, 2014 by Julie Webb with No Comments

I am undertaking various background research projects on the history of Newman Brothers as part of the Coffin Works research group.  At our last meeting it was proposed that visitors to the new Coffin Works museum will be transported back in time ...

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The Coffin Works ‘Hard Hat’ tour

Posted March 23rd, 2014 by Joe Turner with 3 Comments

Along with a handful of other Birmingham Conservation Trust volunteers, trustees and members – including former BCT Director Elizabeth Perkins, who started the project over a decade ago – yesterday I had the privilege of a ‘hard hat’ tour of the work ...

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Dating the Newman Brothers Collection

Posted March 5th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 2 Comments

Page from a Newman Brothers’ trade catalogue, still to be dated. One of the first tasks I set myself as Collections and Exhibitions Manager was to start dating some of the collection. After all, if I’m going to interpret it, I have to ...

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‘Hard hat’ tours for schools of live building restoration project..spread the word!!

Posted February 11th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

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A New Year and a new member of staff for the Coffin Works Project

Posted January 7th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Happy New Year to all our followers! Here at BCT we’ve started the year very positively as we welcome to the team our first member of staff for the Coffin Works Project. Yesterday Sarah Hayes took up the post of Collections and Exhibitions ...

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