New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings


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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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 Coffin Works ‘Hard Hat’ tour

Posted March 23rd, 2014 by Joe Turner with 3 Comments

Along with a handful of other Birmingham Conservation Trust volunteers, trustees and members – including former BCT Director Elizabeth Perkins, who started the project over a decade ago – yesterday I had the privilege of a ‘hard hat’ tour of the work ...

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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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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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Stop the Clocks returns to the Coffin Fittings Works

Posted September 5th, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

Stop the Clocks is returning to Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings Factory from the 28th September- 1st October 2011 after a sell-out run in June 2011.The first performance piece to take place in the factory, which was closed in 1999, Stop the Clocks ...

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Work starts on Evans & Sons in the Jewellery Quarter.

Posted March 24th, 2009 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 11 Comments

A £750,000 programme of restoration has started this week at  the JW Evans factory at 54-57 Albion Street in  Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. This fabulous family silverware business was bought a year ago by English Heritage from a family whose workshops had been on ...

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News from Newman Brothers

Posted February 12th, 2009 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

The plating room is one of the areas being cleaned of chemical contamination We are delighted to be able to tell you that this new year is off to a positive start at the former Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings Works on Fleet Street ...

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Planning Approval Granted for Newman Brothers’ Coffin Works

Posted October 16th, 2008 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

Heather Broadbent of AWM with our Director Elizabeth Perkins outside Newman Bros. on Fleet Street We have just heard some great news: our project at Newman Brothers has been granted planning approval. Above you see Heather Broadbent of AWM with our director Elizabeth ...

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Heritage Open Days 2007 – Salesman’s Bag Newman Brothers

Posted September 11th, 2007 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

Salesman's Bag - photo copyright Nick Booth Most of the 70,000 artefacts have now been catalogued and removed from Newman’s in preparation for buildings work. Some remain, including this samples bag.

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