New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

From Danilo to Reel; The story of Quinton’s cinema

Posted September 13th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 8 Comments

This stunning Art Deco cinema named The Reel is situated on the Hagley Road on the way to Mucklows Hill. The cinema in Quinton opened its doors in 1939 and was originally called the Danilo. It was August 7th and the cinema was showing ...

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Heritage Open Days is here!

Posted September 11th, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

With this year Heritage Open Days starting tomorrow I thought I would share these two excellent promotional videos to get you in the mood! Over the summer the HODs team in London having been working in partnership with Met Film School to commission ...

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Introducing Laira Piccinato and Joe Turner!

Posted August 22nd, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

We’re in the Rose Villa Pub in the JQ with Suzanne, Development Officer for the trust (having hijacked her log-in!)… Just doing some WordPress training. Here’s a bit about us… Joe: I’m a town planner from Stirchley, very interested in the heritage of Birmingham, ...

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Death in Judaism. Part III in a series exploring the funerary traditions of different faiths

Posted August 21st, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with 2 Comments

Our volunteer feature writer Sairah is back with a new feature on Death! This time she has been researching death and mourning traditions in Judaism. Previous articles have been on Death in Islam and Death in Christianity. We asked Sairah to do this ...

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Birmingham Conservation Trust launches its Supporters Group – Join Us!

Posted August 1st, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

We recently found out that in the last 12 months over 23,000 unique visitors looked at our website! We like to think that a large number of these visitors have an interest in what we do here at the Trust. Certainly we ...

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Suburban Birmingham: spaces and places, 1880-1960

Posted July 29th, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Delighted to share a short film produced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which investigates Suburban Birmingham; a collaborative research project which has succeeded in exposing the remarkable depth and richness of an 80-year period in the history of Birmingham’s south-western suburbs.                               One ...

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Place Matters in Birmingham – Neighbourhood Photography Project

Posted July 23rd, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

I stumbled across this summer project which aims to understand what people like about their area, what makes different areas in Birmingham locally distinctive and what people would change. We know that historic buildings contribute significantly to people’s sense of place and community. ...

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Building Preservation Trust Project needs your vote in the National Lottery Awards

Posted July 11th, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Before and after of Gartnavel Chapel, Glasgow   A heritage project to restore  a small and rare Arts and Crafts chapel in Glasgow  and reuse it as a Cancer Therapy Centre has become a finalist in the National Lottery Awards. This is a fantastic ...

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#Going digital @CoffinWorks; Using technology to bring 1892 factory to life

Posted June 17th, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

BCT volunteers, bITjAM and TigerFeatures, pupils from Holyhead and James Brindley Schools Thanks to a successful AIM Biffa award last year we have been able to commission the creation of four different iPad tours of the factory and two films to enhance the ...

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A Glimpse into the Past – J.W.Evans Silver Factory

Posted May 6th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 8 Comments

J.W. Evans Silver Factory in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter contains over a 100 years of history, a silverware factory founded in 1881 by Jenkin Evans and remained with the Evans family for four generations. Last month myself and other volunteers from BCT were ...

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