The Coffin Works
30% off normal admission prices
The Coffin Works has to be Birmingham’s quirkiest venue! Culture Card holders are entitled to 30% off our normal ticket prices for tours around the award-winning museum. Step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian factory. The shelves and workbenches at Newman Brothers Coffin Works are full of original stock and tools of the trade. With its machinery still in working order, our costumed guides lead you on a one-hour tour, giving you a real glimpse of how this historic company operated for over 100 years.
This Grade II* listed factory and its original contents tell the story of a unique slice of Birmingham’s industrial history.
Newman Brothers Coffin Works is a factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, which was built in 1894, finally closing its doors in 1999. It’s special for three reasons. First, when the factory closed, almost everything in it was left as if at the end of an ordinary working day – the machinery, the stock, even a pot of tea on the stove. It has been described as a sort of mercantile Marie Celeste. Second, it made a rather unusual product: coffin fittings. These are the handles, breastplates, screws and ornaments for a coffin. They also made the ‘soft goods’ for a coffin: the linings, frills, as well as funerary gowns.
The third reason that the factory is special is that Newman Brothers didn’t just make coffin fittings, they made the very best. Amongst their customers were the royal undertakers, and Newman Brothers’ coffin fittings have adorned the coffins of George V and VI, Queen Mary, Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, as well as great statesmen such as Winston Churchill.
Entering the factory today, the visitor steps back in time to experience what it was like to work in this extraordinary place, with much of the original machinery, some of it over a hundred years’ old, still operational.
All Public Enquiries
Tel: 0121 233 4790
13-15 Fleet Street,
Wednesday - Sunday, 10.45am to 3pm. Tours are on the hour from 11am, and the last tour of the day is at 3pm
Terms and Conditions
- Book in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if your group numbers five or more.
- This offer is valid Wednesday to Sunday during normal opening hours.