Casting a Fortune: From Cabinets to Coffins Exhibition

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27 October 2015 – 29 January 2016

We are delighted to introduce a brand new exhibition dedicated to exploring the history of Newman Brothers. It charts the company’s highs and lows, from its Victorian beginnings making cabinet fittings, its decline during the Second World War, to its rebirth in the 1960s as a company connected to the royal household.

workers 1912

workers 1912

Ever wondered why the Victorian funeral ‘died a death’, or why war has always been a bad time for funeral directors? In exploring the history of this important company, the exhibition also looks at society’s changing attitudes to death and how this impacted on companies like Newman Brothers.

This is the first time objects from our core collection have been on display, providing a unique opportunity to see historic documents and rare pieces from Newman Brothers’ historic product range.

Complement your visit, by combining the exhibition with our guided tour, which continues the story of Newman Brothers, through to the company’s closure in 1999. This is a wonderful combination of a 100 years of history brought to life through documents, objects and people.

The exhibition is free admission. Open during museum opening times.

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