New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

The Friday Photo: Blakesley Hall

Posted September 5th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo and my first ever Friday Photo, is of a building that’s very close to my heart; Blakesley Hall, one of the city’s last surviving timber-framed buildings. After working at Blakesley for nearly eight years, since the age of 20, I certainly ...

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Alpha Tower- A sculptural landmark.

Posted August 21st, 2014 by Katie Hughes with No Comments

There was good news this month when it was announced that the 28 storey Alpha Tower building at the bottom end of Broad Street/Suffolk Street has been given grade II listed status by English Heritage. This sculptural modernist tower which was built in ...

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Posted July 27th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

Dawn, as an ex-funeral director, has been an invaluable source of information on the project, helping me developing my own knowledge of coffin furniture. Six months ago I embarked on what was possibly the most daunting (and exciting!) task of my career so ...

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The Friday Photo: The Old Fire Station

Posted July 25th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with No Comments

Ok well we apologies but there was no Friday photo last week so today we will do two. So for last Friday here is this fabulous motif that can be seen on Albion Rd side of the Old Fire Station in the ...

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From Cabinets to Coffins

Posted July 14th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 3 Comments

  Possibly Newman Brothers’ first coffin-furniture catalogue, circa 1894. Familiar with brass since 1882, they continued to use this material in their new business venture producing coffin furniture from 1894 onwards. © Newman Brothers at The Coffin Works.  One of the most common questions ...

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Explore Curzon Street Station & Discover the Hidden Spaces of Birmingham

Posted June 26th, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Looking across an area of dilapidated land, Curzon Street Station stands as a silent testament to Birmingham’s past. Little remains of the original building beyond the facade we see today. The area was once home to a goods stations and passenger site ...

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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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Newman Brothers’ Placement: Valia Goula

Posted June 22nd, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 1 Comment

Hi, My name is Valia, I come from Greece and I have studied History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Currently, I am studying for my MA in Heritage Management at the University of Birmingham and I have ...

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The Friday Photo: Victorian Sign on Waterstones Building

Posted June 13th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with 11 Comments

The Friday photo this week provides a tiny glimpse of the past through this old hand painted sign  which has been revealed as part of the Midland Metro Extension on Stephenson Street in Birmingham City Centre. The sign is a great example ...

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The Friday Photo: Prefab House Wake Green Rd

Posted June 6th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with 3 Comments

Last year BCT Director Simon Buteux talked through a list of buildings he thought would be good to include in the Friday Photo. This week we can tick the old prefab grade II listed housing on Wake Green Rd in Moseley off ...

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