Newman Brothers at The Coffin Works is a new heritage attraction located on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. This grade II* listed factory and its contents tells the story of Newman Brothers, Birmingham’s last coffin-furniture factory who operated from their Fleet Street premises for over 100 years until 1998 when workers laid down their equipment, and walked out of the building for the very last time, leaving everything, including personal belongings behind. Come and explore this unique piece of history on one of our guided tours and step back in time to experience this important piece of Birmingham’s industrial legacy.
Be transported back to the factory’s heyday in the 1960s and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of factory life during this decade.
Newman Brothers was established in 1882 by Alfred and Edwin Newman. It is a fascinating story of over 100 years of the firm.
Join our fabulous team of volunteers and help us keep Newman Brothers alive. Share your passion for Birmingham’s heritage with visitors in a variety of roles.
Join us at one of our special events and exhibitions. The factory provides an atmospheric backdrop to a range of activities.
The Newman Brothers’ collection is both extensive and unique, contributing to our understanding of the changing attitudes to death.