The Coffin Works' story
The Coffin Works opened as a museum in 2014 in the historic Newman Brothers’ Coffin Furniture Manufactory, originally built in 1894. Discover its rich history below.
Explore a unique piece of history
Newman Brothers was established in 1882 by Alfred Newman and his brother Edwin. Originally brass founders, they predominantly made cabinet furniture until 1894, when the company moved to the present site on Fleet Street and began to specialise in the production of coffin furniture. Newman Brothers continued to specialise in this area until, due to competition from abroad and failure to modernise, they were forced out of business and ceased trading in 1998.
The Coffin Works has won 12 significant awards, with at least one more won every year so far! This includes The prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and most recently ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in the 2022 West Midlands Tourism Awards.