Like many businesses, The Coffin Works had to close its doors to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a small charity, without the support of visitors, volunteers, family, friends and the wider world, this closure threatened the long term future.
The first target was £3,000 which goes a long way to keeping the building heated and the collections safe.
This fantastic grade II* listed building, which made coffin furniture for over 100 years, offers visitors the extraordinary opportunity to ‘step back in time’ and experience the factory as a ‘time-capsule’, set in the 1960s, the company’s heyday. The shelves and workbenches at the Coffin Works 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.
‘The Coffin Works is not just a museum though. We are very proud to be a part of the strong community of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
We have tenant spaces for local independent businesses, room hire facilities and a strong voice in support of working together to preserve Birmingham’s fantastic heritage.’
So far £3,510 has been raised which is above the £3,000 target from around 182 supporters which is a superb effort.
Like to help as well, there are many options as well as donations and a new membership scheme.