New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Could you be our new Chair?

Posted May 9th, 2016 by BCT moderator with No Comments

An invitation to become Chair of Birmingham’s award-winning architectural preservation trust For nearly 40 years, Birmingham Conservation Trust has been a leading force in preserving Birmingham’s architectural heritage.  Past projects include rescuing the city’s last court of Back to Backs, and our most ...

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Friday Photo: Zombie Apocalypse Barwick Street

Posted June 12th, 2015 by Julie Webb with No Comments

  This week’s Friday photo is a little different from the usual, as it shows a Birmingham street set up for the Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse Movie She Who Brings Gifts. As I strolled through Birmingham earlier this week I saw the hive of ...

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Beautiful Birmingham Terracotta

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by Katie Hughes with 2 Comments

Discovering Birmingham’s extensive collection of beautiful terracotta buildings. Red, bold, ornate and beautiful…these are some of the words which spring to my mind when I see the striking Victoria Law Courts on Corporation Street built in 1891. For me, it is the material which provides the ...

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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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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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Arts & Crafts Architecture in Birmingham IV: CE Bateman

Posted March 20th, 2014 by Joe Turner with No Comments

I didn’t have to look far for the inspiration for my next Arts and Crafts post. Firstly, Charles Edward Bateman was from Castle Bromwich – possibly its third most famous export after the Spitfire and the drummer out of Duran Duran – ...

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Arts & Crafts Architecture in Birmingham III: An Arts & Crafts (former) library

Posted March 4th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 11 Comments

On my way out of town through Longbridge last week I took a short detour down Leach Green Lane to take a look at the old Rednal Library, which I’d heard was built in an Arts and Crafts style. What I found ...

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A wander through Highgate

Posted February 12th, 2014 by Joe Turner with No Comments

For reasons too dull to recount here, a couple of Saturdays ago, I took quite a long walk to St Andrews through Highgate. Although I know surrounding areas pretty well, and I often see the imposing tower of St Alban’s Church popping ...

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Happy Christmas Birmingham! From the Horse Fair to the Frankfurt Market

Posted December 23rd, 2013 by Joe Turner with No Comments

Well, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market (as featured in last week’s Friday photo) is over for another year. As it has been running for 12 years* it is almost a heritage asset in its own right now, and – love it or hate ...

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A short walk down John Bright Street

Posted November 4th, 2013 by Joe Turner with No Comments

John Bright was MP for Birmingham for over thirty years, from 1858 to his death in 1889. A relatively obscure figure now, he was a key reformist figure in the nineteenth century. An independent thinker, for the majority of his parliamentary career ...

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