This exclusive Birmingham Heritage Week offering brings together two of the Jewellery Quarter’s most historic factories for you to explore in one evening! The tour is even more special, as Museum of the Jewellery Quarter isn’t open to the general public just yet.
The tour will begin at Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which is built around a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop, offering a unique glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.
When the proprietors of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm retired in 1981, they simply ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations.
The tour will then take you across the Jewellery Quarter to another time-capsule building: the purpose-built Newman Brothers coffin fittings manufactory, dating back to 1894. Birmingham was once the centre of coffin furniture production and Newman Brothers produced the world’s finest coffin fittings for over 100 years until they closed their doors in 1999.
Their furniture adorned the coffins of kings, queens, and prime ministers, but eventually Newman Brothers ceased trading, leaving everything behind.
Thursday 8th September
6.20pm Arrival time at Museum of the Jewellery Qaurter (75/80 Vyse Street, Bham, B18 6HA)
6.30 to 7.15pm Tour of Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
7.20pm Walk over to Coffin Works
7.35pm Enjoy your glass of prosecco!
7.50 to 8.50pm Tour of Coffin Works begins
9pm Evening finishes
*This includes a tour of Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and the Coffin Works, along with one glass of prosecco.