New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Industrial Heritage at Risk

Posted April 15th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

English Heritage has launched a project to find out how much of the country’s industrial heritage is at risk of neglect, decay or even demolition, and to raise the debate about what needs saving and how. In October this year it will ...

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Exploring the Social History of the Corner Shop

Posted April 10th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

The corner shop is something that everyone has a memory of and is familiar with; it has been a British institution for over two hundred years and still plays an important role at the heart of Britain’s communities today.  A new website (www.thecornershopproject.co.uk) ...

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Thank you….. you’ve changed our future.

Posted September 8th, 2010 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 6 Comments

We have some utterly brilliant news.  Birmingham Conservation Trust  now owns Newman Brother’s Coffin Works.  In the past we were working on the project through the previous owners, Advantage West Midlands. We have bought the building from AWM with support from Birmingham City ...

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Birmingham’s influence on the writings of J.R.R Tolkien

Posted June 30th, 2010 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

J.R.R Tolkien is best known as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. It is believed that areas in Birmingham may have provided the inspiration for some of the settings in these works. Tolkien’s parents were both ...

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The Heartlands Ring – Strengthening Birmingham’s Communities and Heritage

Posted May 28th, 2010 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

The canal network is a legacy of Britain’s past and provides a unique insight into our industrial and social history. The built environment of the waterways which have evolved over hundred of years represents a unique working heritage which is part of ...

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Exciting news from Bells Farm, Druids Heath, Birmingham

Posted March 25th, 2010 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 102 Comments

Bells Farm in 1969 - photo by Phyllis Nicklin from the Birmingham University Archive Dave Thomas, one of our volunteers has sent us this update which I thought we would share with you: I’m really interested in old buildings and the work that Birmingham ...

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Our next new project: Bells Farm in Druids Heath.

Posted January 28th, 2010 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

The Conservation Trust has been granted £14,000 of funding from English Heritage to carry out an architect’s appraisal at the 17th-century Bells Farm. It’s great news for the farmhouse, which is a Grade II*-listed and in urgent need of restoration ...

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Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery epetition

Posted December 10th, 2009 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Brandwood End Cemetery has twin Grade II-listed Mortuary chapels which are in need of restoration and improvements. Brandwood End Mortuary Chapels The chapels make the centrepiece of the cemetery and are designed by Birmingham-architect J. Brewin Holmes in the Gothic style of terracotta and ...

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The dark corners of the coffin works – photoset

Posted October 31st, 2009 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Genesis4626 took this wonderful set of images of Newman Brothers back in September.  They capture the atmosphere of the dark corners of the old works.

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Gethin Thomas’s images of the Newmans Brothers

Posted October 30th, 2009 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

More images of Newman Brothers – this time from Gethin Thomas.

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