The Coffin Works isn’t quite what you’d might expect, and we promise the surprises will be pleasant ones! Entering the factory is like stepping back in time to the heyday of Newman Brothers in the 1960s; the shelves and workbenches at Newman Brothers are full of original stock and tools of the trade.
With the original machinery working again, you can truly experience how this old Jewellery Quarter firm once operated on a day-to-day basis, producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Churchill, Chamberlain and the Queen Mother.
Costumed guides will lead you around the factory where you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of factory life and hear stories about workers, owners and trade. Tours last just over 1 hour. Reserving a place on a tour by telephone, email or ArtTickets is advisable, as the tours operate on a first come, first served basis.
Experience a time capsule – with its working machinery and unusual products – coffin handles and ornaments, linings and shrouds – left on the shelves and workbenches when the workforce set down their tools and left for the very last time.
Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, “It’s not what you might expect!”
Great for families with “hands on” activities for all ages, and a range of special exhibitions and events throughout the year. 1960s themed tea room for hot and cold drinks while you wait.
This slice of Birmingham’s industrial heritage was preserved by Birmingham Conservation Trust.