Discovery Days Primarily allocated to the 2nd Thursday of the month, but can be subject to change If you have a suggestion you would like to make for a future discovery day please contact the Discovery committee.

 

Thursday 13th February 2020

Visits to the Coffin Works museum and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we will see

We have arranged two guided tours of museums in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham.

 

At Newman Brothers Coffin Works, we will see the shelves and workbenches that 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 Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.

 

In the afternoon we will have a tour of the 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.

 

Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.

 

Accessibility

 

The tours are accessible to everyone.

 

 

Where to meet

 

Meet at the entrance of the Coffin Works museum. 13-15 Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1JP.

 

The afternoon tour is at : Museum of the Jewellery Quarter,75-80 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6HA

 

Timings

Please arrive at the Coffin Works by 10:30 we have tea/coffee & biscuits booked for 10:45. Our tour of the museum will start at 11:00 and will last for aprox 90 minutes.

 

There will be more than enough time for you to find lunch at one of the many and

varied places Birmingham has to offer, in the City Centre or in the Jewellery quarter.

 

 

 

 

We need to re-assemble at the Museum of the jewellery Quarter at 2:15 for the afternoon tour which starts at 2:30

The afternoon tour will last for approximately one hour.

 

Clothing

 

Wear suitable shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather of the day

 

Costs

 

£13.00 per person including tea/coffee and biscuits but not including lunch

 

Payment

 

Payment instructions will follow with your booking confirmation. Please ensure your place is booked before payment is made.

 

 

Booking

 

Book by email to avcgdiscovery@gmail.com

 

If you do not have access to email phone Sally Hawthorne on 01527 450522. The closing date for this event is 31st January 2020.

This event is limited to 30 people.

 

 

 

 

Car parking and getting there by train

 

Parking at the Coffin Works: Please be aware, due to the Paradise development, there will be a series of road diversions in place which will have an effect on Fleet Street where they are based. Please leave yourself a little bit of extra travel time! The nearest off-road parking is Paradise Circus Car Park. There is a charge of

£4.60 for 4 hours or £6.10 for up to 6 hours. At the Jewellery Museum There is no car park but parking is available on Vyse street and nearby streets (charges   may apply).

However, we suggest that letting the train take the strain might be your best option. There are very good rail connections to Birmingham. There is a train that leaves Redditch at 09:32 and gets into Birmingham New Street at 10:12, in plenty of time to walk the short distance to the museum.

There is a tram system that you can use after going round the Coffin Works, it now runs from the Library in Broad Street. If you get the tram to the Jewellery Quarter station it is a five minute walk to the Museum, however leave yourself a few minutes more to take a look at the ‘Banksy’ on the wall outside the station (assuming Network rail haven’t sold it by then!). There are trains every 20

minutes back to Redditch from New Street. For those who book a cheap day return, there is one at 4:23

 

Lead Contacts

 

Your lead contact on the day is Sally Hawthorne telephone 07790830227

 

Website

 

https://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/jewellery and https://www.coffinworks.org/newmanbros

 

 

 

Arrow Valley Countryside Group, Affiliated to HF Holidays Ltd