New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Heritage At Risk Survey

Posted April 1st, 2015 by Julie Webb with 5 Comments

Myself and fellow Birmingham Conservation Trust (BCT) volunteer Katie Hughes are currently taking part in the Heritage at Risk Survey of the Jewellery Quarter and this is a blog about our experiences so far as volunteers for the project. About Heritage at Risk ...

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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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The Smith and Pepper Factory

Posted April 5th, 2014 by Katie Hughes with 15 Comments

In the heart of the Jewellery Quarter nestled in-between the rows of Jewellers shops is a factory frozen in time exhibiting traditional methods of Jewellery making and production. The building and its contents are a physical reminder of Birmingham’s industrial past and the ...

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The Friday Photo – J. W. Evans Silver Factory

Posted January 31st, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with No Comments

This weeks the Friday Photo is of a room left exactly as it was in 2008 in the J. W. Silver Factory. The factory was established in 1881 and English Heritage stepped into rescue it in 2008 – dust and all. Now ...

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A Glimpse into the Past – J.W.Evans Silver Factory

Posted May 6th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 8 Comments

J.W. Evans Silver Factory in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter contains over a 100 years of history, a silverware factory founded in 1881 by Jenkin Evans and remained with the Evans family for four generations. Last month myself and other volunteers from BCT were ...

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J. W. Evans Silver Factory in Pictures

Posted April 21st, 2013 by Tracey Thorne with 5 Comments

Last Saturday, Suzanne Carter from BCT arranged a visit for 10 of us to go along and have a tour of J. W. Evans Silver Factory in the Jewellery Quarter. English Heritage in 2008 took over the buildings and have helped preserve ...

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Birmingham’s Award Winning Parks

Posted July 20th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

10 of Birmingham’s parks have been awarded the Green Flag Award. Aston Park , Cannon Hill Park , Castle Vale Centre Park , Cotteridge Park , Handsworth Park, Kings Heath Park , Lickey Hills Country Park, Newhall Valley Country Park, Sunset and Moonlit ...

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English Heritage launches Britain From Above website

Posted June 25th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 2 Comments

The Britain From Above project started in 2011 and is a four year project aimed at conserving 95,000 of the oldest and most valuable photographs in the Aerofilms collection, dating from 1919 to 1953. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund ...

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Permission granted! After 15 years we can start the restoration at Newman Brothers.

Posted June 23rd, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 2 Comments

Last week we received the exciting news that we have been granted planning permission and listed building consent for the restoration scheme at Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works. What that means is that we can start drawing down Heritage Lottery and English Heritage funding ...

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Double your donation for the Coffin Works

Posted December 7th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

We have a fantastic opportunity to double any donations for the Coffin Works and we need your help!  The Pilgrim Trust will match pound for pound any donations given via The Big Give website between 5th and 22nd December up to a ...

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