New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Dig the music Mister Deejay: Handsworth’s reggae heritage

Posted July 6th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 16 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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Walking the Lozells and Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted May 24th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 3 Comments

On Saturday, along with a group of other BCT supporters and volunteers, I walked the Lozells and East Handsworth Heritage Trail. Organised by Legacy West Midlands with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the City Council, it aims to raise awareness ...

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Arts & Crafts Architecture in Birmingham IV: CE Bateman

Posted March 20th, 2014 by Joe Turner with No Comments

I didn’t have to look far for the inspiration for my next Arts and Crafts post. Firstly, Charles Edward Bateman was from Castle Bromwich – possibly its third most famous export after the Spitfire and the drummer out of Duran Duran – ...

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Their name liveth for evermore: Brandwood End Cemetery

Posted November 9th, 2013 by Joe Turner with 4 Comments

Brandwood End Cemetery (as featured in Tracey’s Friday Photo a couple of months ago) in Kings Heath is a fascinating and peaceful place to visit, especially at this time of year. It was opened in 1899 – by George Tallis, Chairman of ...

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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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National Trust launch `50 things to do before you turn 11 and three quarters’

Posted April 24th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust

Have you ever caught a crab, gone wild swimming or rolled down a really big hill? (more…)

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Not So Elementary…………

Posted March 31st, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

It is not only in Birmingham that the fight to save old and important buildings goes on. See here – UNDERSHAW and spare a minute to think of how important Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is to our literary past.  Would it then make ...

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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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My Favourite Birmingham Heritage/History Websites

Posted January 18th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

If like me you sometimes sit at work/home/on the train, etc, etc with nothing much to do then you may be interested in the websites below.  All of them have a link into either heritage, history and/or Birmingham and all are very ...

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Educating the Trustees

Posted December 7th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

This evenings podnosh session is a real eye opener. BCT has a website cross linked to all forms of social media. These posts link to Facebook and Twitter where they get retweeted or ‘liked’ by the followers. Reminding people to use the ...

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