New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Dating the Newman Brothers Collection

Posted March 5th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 2 Comments

Page from a Newman Brothers’ trade catalogue, still to be dated. One of the first tasks I set myself as Collections and Exhibitions Manager was to start dating some of the collection. After all, if I’m going to interpret it, I have to ...

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A New Year and a new member of staff for the Coffin Works Project

Posted January 7th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Happy New Year to all our followers! Here at BCT we’ve started the year very positively as we welcome to the team our first member of staff for the Coffin Works Project. Yesterday Sarah Hayes took up the post of Collections and Exhibitions ...

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“A life-preserving coffin in doubtful cases of death”.

Posted May 3rd, 2013 by Julie Webb with 1 Comment

Last weekend I was acting as a steward for some of the last public tours of the Coffin Works before work commences in July.  During a tour, one of our visitors described to the group the concept of the life preserving coffin. ...

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Uncovering Treasures: The Coffin Works Archive

Posted February 23rd, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 2 Comments

In an old warehouse just north of Birmingham city centre is a treasure trove of pale, unopened boxes. Hundreds and hundreds stacked up in rows like the tombstones of Manila Bay, filled with reminders of history. Each one contains the intriguing remains ...

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Dress to impress

Posted October 17th, 2012 by jenniwaugh with 2 Comments

  Men’s workwear for sale in the Kay & Co Ltd mail-order catalogue, Autumn 1920. Catalogue images © Kays Heritage Group, © of digital images University of Worcester Our wonderful volunteers at the Newman Brothers Coffin Works have spent a lot of time researching the clothes ...

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The marvellous macabre; Coffin Fitting Works by candlelight

Posted October 8th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

For the first time, Birmingham Conservation Trust is offering special twilight tours of the Grade II* listed Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works in the Jewellery Quarter between 26 October and 3 November to raise money for its restoration project which starts early ...

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Making the Coffin Fitting Works more accessible – for Heritage Open Days 2012

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

With just under three weeks to go, our Heritage Open Days preparation is well underway! Hannah Severn, one of our volunteers, spent the day with us today – making a start on a photographic display and ‘alternative’ interpretation for visitors who are not ...

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Rehearsal day at Newman Brothers!

Posted July 26th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 2 Comments

Tuesday this week was all about practising and getting things right at the Coffin Fitting Works. Glazier Nick Baylis, a specialist in the restoration of period timber and iron framework from Hockley, was there doing sample trials for repairing the cast iron windows so we can get cost certainty on the ...

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Tender for conservation works – Newman Brother Coffin Fitting Works

Posted July 17th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 1 Comment

NOTICE TO TENDER – deadline 30th July NEWMAN BROTHERS COFFIN FITTING WORKS Fleet Street, Hockley, Birmingham   Expressions of interest are invited from suitable qualified contractors for alteration and repair work to this at risk Grade II* Jewellery Quarter factory. Comprehensive repairs are required to all elements ...

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Funeral business or film set? Newman Brothers brought to life!

Posted July 9th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

You may remember my blog post last month called “It’s a tale about love”, reporting on the filming of ‘Circles’ at the Coffin Fitting Works? Well, as promised, Director Reece Lipman has sent us a trailer to tease us! The building looks amazing! Thanks Reece, we ...

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