New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Lead Consultant appointed to undertake feasibility works on the Golden Lion, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Posted June 25th, 2024 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Birmingham Conservation Trust (BCT) is pleased to announce the appointment of a Lead Consultant, Oliver Architecture, to undertake the feasibility study and identification of urgent works for the Golden Lion in Cannon Hill Park. Over the next three months Oliver Architecture will ...

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An update on Birmingham Conservation Trust: The Golden Lion

Posted March 11th, 2024 by Anne-Marie Hayes with 1 Comment

Birmingham Conservation Trust (BCT) is a building preservation trust, which means that it’s an organisation whose main aims include the preservation and regeneration of historic buildings. That’s exactly what it did with the Coffin Works back in 2024; it was brought it back ...

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Historic England reveals plans for derelict Grade-II Listed pub in Cannon Hill Park

Posted January 4th, 2024 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Historic England has offered a £32,008 project development grant to Birmingham Conservation Trust to begin the process of bringing one of Birmingham’s most neglected, but highly significant assets back into use. The Golden Lion Inn situated in Cannon Hill Park has been abandoned ...

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Remembering Iain Davies

Posted March 2nd, 2021 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

We just wanted to reflect on one of our past trustees, Iain Davies, who died last month. Iain joined the board as a volunteer director in 2005 and worked with us for six years. He really enjoyed history and historical buildings and Birmingham. It ...

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Friday Photo: Julia Varley’s House

Posted August 14th, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the former home of Suffragette and trade unionist, Julia Varley. A Birmingham Civic Society blue plaque was erected on the house in Hay Green Lane, Bournville in her honour. In 1909 she established a branch of the National Federation of ...

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Friday Photo: The Former Rednal Library

Posted July 24th, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the former Rednal Library. Designed by Benjamin Bower and built in 1909, it is another of Birmingham’s Carnegie library buildings. Andrew Carnegie provided the funds for the erection of the building, and the purchase money for the land ...

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Friday Photo: Northfield Library

Posted July 3rd, 2020 by Ellie Gill with 1 Comment

Today’s Friday photo is Northfield Library in South Birmingham, another of the ‘Carnegie libraries’ funded by Andrew Carnegie the Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist. The land was given by George Cadbury and the foundation stone laid in 1906. The original library building and its contents, including 1,500-1,600 books, ...

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Galton Bridge

Posted June 19th, 2020 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Cycling is one of the things I have taken up in lockdown and that means exploring our wonderful city is much easier and actually, more enjoyable! So, a few weeks ago, armed with my camera and a water bottle (as it was ...

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Friday Photo – Happy 120th Birthday University of Birmingham

Posted May 30th, 2020 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Last Week was the University of Birmingham’s (UoB) 120th Birthday! On 25 May 1900, Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Birmingham University Act. Birmingham University was the first red brick university in the country – the first independent civic university ...

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Friday Photo: Birmingham Municipal School of Art

Posted May 22nd, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the ornate main entrance porch to the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. The building was designed by J. H. Chamberlain of Martin & Chamberlain architects, it was the last building he would design before he died in 1883. The site was given ...

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