New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Flying the flag for the Birmingham Conservation Trust!

Posted June 22nd, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

          Last month BCT volunteers Jackie and Kris were invited as speakers to Rotary House in Droitwich Spa to speak to the Probus Club (retired professional and business persons club) about the work of the Trust. Many of this group have been involved ...

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What do coffin fittings, silverware and pen nibs have in common?

Posted June 19th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

                  Sorry, no punchline… but they do have in common a rich history of manufacturing in the Jewellery Quarter. They are also things that BCT, the Pen Room Museum and English Heritage are keen to share with school groups! I (Suzanne) spent a really interesting couple of hours at ...

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Places still available for Saturday’s lectures on the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, past, present and future.

Posted June 19th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

        A joint day school is being run by the Birmingham Assay Office and Centre for West Midlands History on Saturday 23rd June 10-4pm at the University of Birmingham. Four speakers will explore the Quarter’s history, heritage, contemporary crafts and jewellery and silver manufacturing. Cost ...

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Buy your Dad a piece of Birmingham History! Three days left to order…

Posted June 13th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

  Stuck for Father’s Day gift ideas? If he is into history, then why not treat him to a Birmingham history title! Over the years our volunteers have reviewed some books – these might give you some inspiration (see links below). Amazon has over 20 Birmingham history ...

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Birmingham Conservation Trust assist in the bid for £5m to restore Moseley Road Baths

Posted June 12th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 3 Comments

The spectacular Moseley Road Baths, in Balsall Heath, is a building of national importance. It is the oldest of only three Grade II* Listed swimming pools currently operating in Britain (there are only seven national examples!). Built in 1907 it contains rare and unique ...

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It’s a tale about love. Just how we feel about the Birmingham Coffin Fitting Works!

Posted June 7th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

  Shimmer-Man Productions have shot their new short film called ‘Circles’ at our wonderful Newman Brother’s Factory – inspired by the Tin Box theatre production there ‘Stop the Clocks’ in 2011. Producer Stephanie told us why she chose it as a film set; “It is ...

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New learning programme at Coffin Fitting Works in development. Dead exciting!

Posted May 28th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

  Last week Jackie and Kris, two of our wonderful volunteers, came into the office to present their ideas for a schools learning programme at Newman Brothers. Both experts in delivering heritage education programmes, we are more than a little delighted that they have ...

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Will it be the next project?

Posted May 28th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

For some time we have been considering a tiny, semi-derelict but lovely building in Yardley Cemetery as a future project. Currently owned by the Birmingham’s Bereavement Services, and no longer suitable for current purposes, this fantastic building is in poor condition and ...

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Recycling on a Grand Scale

Posted March 22nd, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

Is it possible to recycle a building? I guess the answer is yes and in Birmingham we have many examples.  A visit to the Birmingham Back-to-Backs will prove that not only can buildings be saved for the future, they can also be turned ...

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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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