New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo: St Edburgh’s Church

Posted November 7th, 2014 by Anne-Marie Hayes with 3 Comments

Taken at sunset, today’s Friday Photo is of St Edburgh’s Church, also known as Old Yardley Church, dating back to the 13th century. The church, which was part of Lichfield Diocese is today a grade-I listed building and is nestled away in Yardley Conservation Area. ...

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The Empire Cinema

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 2 Comments

The Empire Cinema, Sutton Coldfield This week’s Friday Photo is of one of the city’s few remaining Art-Deco buildings, the Empire Cinema (formerly the Odeon) in Sutton Coldfield. Built in 1936, it was designed by Harry Weedon and Cecil Clavering, and is a Grade ...

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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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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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Sneaky Peak at Stirchley Baths

Posted July 11th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with No Comments

Following on from last weeks the Friday Photo of a gauge inside Stirchley Baths here are a few more photographs providing a sneak peak at this first stage of the renovations to turn the old baths into a community hub. Read about Birmingham ...

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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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Volunteers’ Week

Posted June 1st, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 3 Comments

The research team have been getting to know the likes of ‘Mr Salt’ and other Newman Brothers’ employees through the many documents discovered in the company archive. Tomorrow marks the start of Volunteers’ Week, which gives us the opportunity at The Coffin Works ...

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The Friday Photo – Kingsway Picture House

Posted May 9th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with 1 Comment

This week the Friday photo is the window of the old Kingsway Picture House – Cinema in Kings Heath. The Picture house is typical of the style built in the 1920s it later became a Bingo Hall from the 1980s. In 2011 ...

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Birmingham heritage courtesy of BMAG- Sarehole Mill & Blakesley Hall

Posted March 11th, 2014 by Katie Hughes with 3 Comments

Hello everyone, I’m Katie and this is my first blog post for the Birmingham Conservation Trust as their new volunteer blogger. I thought for my first post I would share with you some photographs and memories of one of my favourite heritage ...

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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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