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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Birmingham Fire Office: The Early Beginnings of Birmingham’s Fire service

Posted December 14th, 2012 by Julie Webb with 10 Comments

In searching for inspiration for my next blog, I decided to turn to my own Birmingham ancestry for inspiration.   My fourth Great Grandfather, Enos Edwards was the Chief Engineer for the Birmingham Fire Office working from 1807 until his death in 1862. ...

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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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Why contribute to the spread of ugliness? – an exhibition on John Madin at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham

Posted April 14th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

One of the boxes from the John Madin Design Group. Image copyright Stuart Whipps. Click to visit his website. Last month I decided to take a look around the Ikon Gallery where I was just in time to see the exhibition ‘Why Contribute ...

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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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Free City Walk – Birmingham’s Voting History

Posted October 27th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Free Heritage Event - Right to Vote Walk

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Shabana Mahmood visits the Coffin Fittings Works

Posted September 19th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

On Heritage Open Days weekend, Shabana Mahmood the local MP, visited our project and had a great time. Here’s what she had to say about it   Shabana Mahmood at the Coffin Fittings Works

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‘Brilliant’ ‘fantastic’ ‘interesting’ praise for the Coffin Fittings Works

Posted September 14th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

We aren’t blowing our trumpet (well, only a bit) – these comments are from visitors who had a wonderful time on Friday and Saturday – Heritage Open Days – on tours of Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings Works. They delved into its rich ...

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