New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Volunteering at the Back to Back houses

Posted March 8th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

I have been volunteering at the Back to Back houses in Hurst Street for almost a year now and decided it would be nice to share a little about my experience so far. The Back to Back houses were originally restored by the ...

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Uncovering Treasures: The Coffin Works Archive

Posted February 23rd, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 2 Comments

In an old warehouse just north of Birmingham city centre is a treasure trove of pale, unopened boxes. Hundreds and hundreds stacked up in rows like the tombstones of Manila Bay, filled with reminders of history. Each one contains the intriguing remains ...

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Northfield Manor House

Posted August 19th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

For those interested in the wider ‘Brum” you may like to know that the area to the south of Birmingham called Northfield has its very own manor house.  Once the home of the Cadbury family this very odd looking building actually has ...

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Birmingham’s Award Winning Parks

Posted July 20th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

10 of Birmingham’s parks have been awarded the Green Flag Award. Aston Park , Cannon Hill Park , Castle Vale Centre Park , Cotteridge Park , Handsworth Park, Kings Heath Park , Lickey Hills Country Park, Newhall Valley Country Park, Sunset and Moonlit ...

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Birmingham’s economy in 1901 – a lesson from the past?

Posted July 13th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Thanks to the fairbrum blog I spotted a report funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and written by the Centre for Cities looking at city economies in 1901 and what, if anything, we can learn from them for today.  The points they ...

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Trustee wins major award!

Posted April 4th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

One of our fantastic Trustees, Nick Booth, who sadly will be leaving the Trust later in the year, has just won a major Big Society award for his work with social media surgeries.  Run through his company Podnosh these free surgeries teach ...

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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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Buildings At Risk – Coming to a Street Near You

Posted February 3rd, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

It’s amazing to discover how many people are passionate about their local history and built heritage.  Why is it that some of us are so bothered about old buildings when others would say that they are just bricks and mortar?  Is it ...

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My Favourite Birmingham Heritage/History Websites

Posted January 18th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

If like me you sometimes sit at work/home/on the train, etc, etc with nothing much to do then you may be interested in the websites below.  All of them have a link into either heritage, history and/or Birmingham and all are very ...

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My own piece of Birmingham history

Posted December 12th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

In 2001 I inherited my grandpa’s retirement watch.  I’d seen it at first as a piece of family history but realised on looking at the inscription on the back that it is a piece of Birmingham history too.  The inscription engraved on ...

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