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Learn about the history of The Coffin Works and development of The Jewellery Quarter. Why did this area go from a being a country estate to an industrial wonderland?
The Coffin Works opened in 1894 following unprecedented population growth in Birmingham from the early 18th Century. During this time it was variously called the “First Manufacturing Town in the World”, “The Toyshop of Europe” and “The Best Governed City in the World”. During the day we will: explore some of the events and people that led to these descriptions; scratch the surface of why the Jewellery Quarter developed and finally discover the extraordinary history of Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works.
Itinerary of the day:
11am Meet at Coffin Works for 1 ½ Walk around the Jewellery Quarter with commentary and timeline tracing its development from 1746 to Its height at the turn of the 20th Century
12.45pm Lunch break. Add lunch at The Hive Cafe and Bakery for £6.50. Lunch includes homemade soup of the day, bread and a hot drink. The Hive is located in the newly renovated New Standard Works building and includes a Heritage Centre which is free to explore. Food for the cafe is grown in their rooftop microfarm.
2pm Tour of the Coffin Works
3.15pm End of Tour
Tour tickets for the day are £20, or include lunch for £26.50.
Tickets are on sale now, through ArtTickets.