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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Timber Framed Brum……….

Posted April 24th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 3 Comments

I’ve had an interest in Timber Framed buildings ever since I set eyes on the Merchants House at Avoncroft Museum in my home town of Bromsgrove.  There is just something so organic about the feel of these old places; altogether historic and ...

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The Friday Photo -Green Man

Posted April 12th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 2 Comments

  The Friday Photo- Green Man by Clare Overton Lewis   How many of you have looked at our fine architecture: our churches, cathedrals, pubs, shops, hotels and have spotted a carved face, covered in leaves and other foliage staring back at you? You could ...

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The Birmingham Architecture Festival 2013

Posted March 9th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Do you really know Birmingham? Discover something new about Birmingham at the Birmingham Architecture Festival taking place over the bank holiday weekend of May 24th – 27th. The theme for the festival is “Take a Second Look”. Over the weekend a range of events ...

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Birmingham’s Past – Photography and Art

Posted March 3rd, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

I’ve always been fascinated by photographs that capture the ‘what was’ versus ‘what is now’. Birmingham is forever changing and evolving yet the past can still be seen through a number of historic buildings that remain.  However, many of Birmingham’s older buildings ...

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Exploring changes in Brum’s built environment over 100 years

Posted September 29th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Fantastic post from Birmingham’s Georgian and Regency Streets blog as featured in The birmingham Daily Jenni Coles-Harris is the author. In 1750 a large town was surveyed, and a map drawn up. The map recorded 4,170 houses filled with about 23,688 people. This town ...

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My day volunteering for BCT at Moseley Road Baths

Posted September 27th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

I spent a few hours on Sunday 16th September volunteering at the Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath, and thought I would share my experience. I arrived at the baths at 1:30, and was immediately struck with how magnificent the building looked. I ...

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Video Film Archive of Birmingham – British Pathé

Posted September 24th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Interested to know what the streets in Birmingham once looked like? British Pathé since the invention of the moving image in the 1890’s began to record every aspect of global culture and news for the cinema. The site contains over 3, 500 hours of ...

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Temples of Relief

Posted September 3rd, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 4 Comments

We’d like to welcome another new volunteer – blogger to the BCT team – Sarah Ashley!       Sarah is originally from Herefordshire, but moved to Birmingham 4 years ago and lives in the Jewellery Quarter.  She currently works for a big clothing store in the ...

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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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