New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Dig the music Mister Deejay: Handsworth’s reggae heritage

Posted July 6th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 18 Comments

Alton Ellis In my post on the Lozells and East Handsworth Heritage Trail, I mentioned the area’s rich musical heritage. The diversity of Handsworth has helped to nurture an amazing variety of musical talent down the years: the jazz of Andy Hamilton and ...

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“Right smack dab in the middle of town”

Posted July 2nd, 2014 by Darren Stevenson with 12 Comments

Hi my name is Darren and this is my first blog for Birmingham Conservation Trust. You might recognise the title as lyrics from the song ‘Up of the Roof – relevant because I am a roofer and when I am working in ...

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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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Just launched… Re-imagine; an ideas competition for creative re-use of Birmingham’s buildings at risk

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Birmingham Civic Society and partner organisations are pleased to announce the launch of ‘Re-imagine’: a competition looking for creative ideas for the reuse of some of Birmingham’s most important and challenging buildings       Why? Birmingham Civic Society is committed to the preservation of Birmingham’s ...

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100 Buildings 100 Years

Posted May 17th, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

The Twentieth Century Society have launched a campaign ‘100 Buildings 100 Years.’ The society exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards. To celebrate the completion of 100 years from the starting date of its coverage of ...

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Arts & crafts splendour: Winterbourne House & Botanical Gardens

Posted May 4th, 2014 by Katie Hughes with 2 Comments

Last Sunday volunteers and supporters of The Birmingham Conservation Trust were invited for a tour of Winterbourne House & Gardens which is situated in the University of Birmingham Campus. Winterbourne House is an Edwardian house built in 1903 for the Nettlefold family who were industrialists ...

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Arts & Crafts Architecture in Birmingham V: WH Bidlake

Posted April 19th, 2014 by Joe Turner with No Comments

William Henry Bidlake was probably the foremost Birmingham architect of the Arts and Crafts era. Yet, despite being known in his own time as “the man who rebuilt Birmingham” and being responsible for three of the city’s 22 Grade I listed buildings, ...

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Vacancy for a Heritage Officer at Birmingham Cathedral

Posted April 17th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Nice looking job!  The Heritage Officer is a key appointment for the Cathedral. The church is 300 years old in 2015, and this new role is crucial to delivering the Heritage strand of the celebrations.   This would suit an individual with experience of developing ...

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The Smith and Pepper Factory

Posted April 5th, 2014 by Katie Hughes with 15 Comments

In the heart of the Jewellery Quarter nestled in-between the rows of Jewellers shops is a factory frozen in time exhibiting traditional methods of Jewellery making and production. The building and its contents are a physical reminder of Birmingham’s industrial past and the ...

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