Coffin Works
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A Victorian Coffin Fittings factory, restored by Birmingham Conservation Trust and opened as a museum in October 2014. 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 Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.
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sloughrushhour
Burnham, UK95 contributions
Nov 2022
An interesting slice of light-industrial history, It is hard to believe that these machines were used so recently.
Written March 8, 2023
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Rebecca L
1 contribution
Feb 2023
An absolutely excellent and fascinating guided tour of the factory given by a friendly and knowledgeable guide. The interactive elements and original artefacts and machinery bring the past to life. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the social history of Birmingham.
Written February 23, 2023
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Paul M
3 contributions
Feb 2023
We were staying in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter and wanted to visit one of the metalworking museums there. The two we looked at first were both closed but we found out about the Coffin Works. We weren't quite sure what to expect but it turned out to be really excellent, giving a great insight into the city's metalworking. The explainers in the various rooms were all brilliant. Thoroughly recommended!
Written February 21, 2023
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Michele
Birmingham, UK36 contributions
Feb 2023
My husband and I recently participated in a guided walking tour, organised by the people at the Coffin Works, of Birmingham's Key HIll Cemetery and Warstone cemetery. Very ably and knowledgeably led by Ian, it was a fascinating 90 minutes walking around these two city centre cemeteries - so many notable people from the city are buried there - including Joseph Chamberlain (who opted to be buried in this cemetery, rather than in Westminster Abbey (which had been offered to his family). Absolutely fasincating! Would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to find out more about the history (as well as social history) of Birmingham, the UKs second city! The walking tour also included a lunch at the Shakespeare Pub in the Jewellery Quarter, followed by a guided tour of the Coffin Works, but we only participated in the walk. Excellent value for money!
Written February 14, 2023
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Danny
Northampton, UK4 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Go for a guided tour, so much history contained in a little workshop. Cool to see the Victorian machinery still going strong
Written February 9, 2023
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Dave B
2 contributions
Feb 2023
Great place to visit, interesting and imformative. Try to book a guided tour if you can for extra history and demonstrations along the way. Nice cafe for a drink and snack afterwards. I use a mobility scooter and accessible throughout. Highly recommended.
Written February 9, 2023
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Matt Ashton
Wirral, UK5 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Amazing place to visit, so much history and mostly untouched from its hay day. We had a tour guide Matt, who was brilliant and went into so much detail that only a guide can do. Well worth a visit if in Birmingham.
Written December 6, 2022
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Thank for the great review, our guides really do know their stuff!
Written February 5, 2023
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Helenski29
Sutton in Ashfield, UK23 contributions
Dec 2022
We were just walking past after visiting the jewellery quarter and decided on the off chance to see if they had any spaces on the tours . We were lucky one was just setting off our tour guide Cornelius was very informative and we got to see him demonstrate the original machinery in the stamping room .
Although the works are quite small they are very interesting. We learned a lot about Coffin furnishings , the history of both the workers & the factory itself .
Written December 4, 2022
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Thank you for leaving us a review, it really helps to get the word out there. Cornellius will be happy you enjoyed his tour.
Written February 5, 2023
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Andrew H
4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Dead interesting place, brought to life by knowledgeable friendly staff. Adam especially was a great story teller.

Go here if you're bored of museums and want a hands on experience of Birmingham's history. Think Joyce would be proud of what the place has become.
Written December 4, 2022
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So glad you enjoyed your visit here, I will show Adam this review - he will be so pleased. I'm sure Joyce would be amazed at what her little factory has become.
Written February 5, 2023
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marj47
wirral48 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Wonderful knowledgeable volunteer guides. So interesting especially the lives of the women sewers. Although small it was so informative about working lives in Birmingham.
Written November 20, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, so glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written December 1, 2022
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Coffin Works is open:
  • Thu - Thu 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM