Saturday, May 25, 2024

Fantastic news for the Coffin Works

The Birmingham Conservation Trust has just been awarded a grant of £999,400 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Elizabeth Perkins tells us:

“After ten years of massive effort, this is a massive step forward for the project and we have exciting plans, but first I want to acknowledge your support.

We know that one of the reasons for getting the grant is the level of public interest so thank you for helping us get this far! We are hoping to hear lots more from you in the future.

In the long term we still plan to open a formal visitor attraction but we have split the project into two phases and in the first four year phase we want to do things a bit differently!

We believe that there are all sorts of interesting ways of engaging with history – we want to experiment and we would be really interested to hear about any ideas you might have. We are also keen to involve as many different groups of people as possible.

We’re moving into the factory as our new home to develop an innovative programme of tours, cultural events, educational workshops and other activities around the theme of funerals and death.

You can read more about our plans on our website but here are a few of them:

Historic building training days during the construction phase
Volunteers to train in conservation to work on the factory’s contents. You might also be interested in showing people around the factory.
Converting some of the rooms in the rear ranges into offices and flexible workspaces with real historic character at affordable rents. These are like to be available at the end of summer 2014.

Another reason we really want to hear from you is that, although this is wonderful news, we still have to raise funds to match the Heritage Lottery Fund grant. We are aiming to raise £30,000 from individuals and we really need you to be one of the people who donate! You can do this in a number of different ways:

Donate online at JustGiving
Send a cheque in the post to Birmingham Conservation Trust, PO Box 28, Birmingham B1 1TU. If you shop online, first click on the Amazon or Buyat logos shown at the top of our website. The Trust will receive between 5% and 10% of the value of your purchases without it costing you anything.

With all of these if you are a UK taxpayer please sign the gift aid declaration as it can add 25% which will make a great difference! Please, please send something today!”

Birmingham Conservation Trust: P O Box 28 Birmingham B1 1TU

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