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The Coffin Works

Exterior view of the front of Newman Brothers workshops from Fleet Street

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Visit the Coffin Works

Experience a time capsule - with its working machinery and unusual products - coffin handles and ornaments, linings and shrouds - left on the shelves and workbenches when the workforce set down their tools and left for the very last time.
The Newman Brothers factory is a wonderfully preserved example of Victorian engineering which produced some of the world’s finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Chamberlain and the Queen Mother.

Guided Tours
Our costumed guides will lead you around the factory where you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of factory life and hear stories about workers, owners and trade. Tours last approximately 1 hour.

Detailed Information



  • The Coffin Works
  • 13-15 Fleet Street
  • Birmingham
  • B3 1JP


Sarah Hayes
Coffin Works & Museum Manager

Bookings and Information Tel: 0121 233 4790

For further details, download our leaflet.

Museum Website

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view from the office door

All areas within the museum are accessible by platform lift. A British Sign Language Tour (with audio and sub-titles on iPad) is available at all times


exhibition space Wonderful new exhibition based on images of 'House of Newman' stands at NAFD annual trade shows, where the Newman Brothers could display their latest coffin furniture designs to funeral directors. This exhibition allows us to display more of our core collection of coffin furniture, and also features a coffin bier donated by Castleton Historical Society.
Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of a guided tour.

We also have lots of exciting events, especially in our Courtyard. Find out What’s On www.coffinworks.org/whats-on/
See Newman Brothers Opening Times. Last entry 3.00pm. There is a charge for factory tours. (Entry to the museum is by guided tour only.)


picture of tea pot and cups

Joining us for a tour? If you are early or fancy a cuppa after your tour we have a cosy 1960s-themed factory canteen! We’ve got our best Pyrex cups and saucers at the ready, magazines from the decade to flick through and a LW/MW period transistor radio to listen to. True nostalgia!
 In warm weather we also have tables and chairs in the Courtyard. We have hot and cold drinks for sale.

For Hire

 example space for hire

The Coffin Works offer a characterful events space for hire in the heart of Birmingham, only a few minutes' walk from the train stations. Set in a grade II* listed factory built in 1894, it is a unique setting for team meetings, conferences, concerts, theatre performances, private and corporate parties.  We have a meeting room which seats 25-30 Theatre style, 15 Board Room style.

Volunteer with us

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If you are interested in volunteering with Birmingham Conservation Trust we have a range of volunteering opportunities. Please visit  http://www.coffinworks.org/newmanbros/volunteer/


  • Guided Tours (Entry to the museum is by guided tour only).
    Adult £6.60 with gift aid £6 standard
    Concession £6.05 with gift aid £5.50 standard
    Child (5-16) £4.40 with gift aid £4 standard
    Child (under 5) FREE
    Family (1 adult + up to 3 children) £12.10 with gift aid £11 standard
    Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) £17.60 with gift aid, £16 standard

  • Birmingham Conservation Trust Supporter FREE (sign up when you visit for unlimited visits to The Coffin Works for 12 months, plus many other benefits!)

  • Wednesday is Community Day! Free admission for residents of Ladywood Ward with proof of residency / postcode (e.g. bank statement, utility bill).

  • http://www.coffinworks.org/newmanbros/visit/

Opening Hours

  • NB. Entry to the museum is by guided tour only
  • Wednesday to Sunday
    Open from 10.45am. Tours on the hour from 11am until 3pm. Last entry 3pm.

  • Monday and Tuesday
    Closed. Open on Bank Holidays.


Group Visits

  • Please pre-book on 0121 2334785 if you are visiting as a group. If you would like an exclusive tour, you will be asked to pay the equivalent of 15 tickets which is our capacity per tour.
    Groups are charged at £5 per person.
    Please be aware, members of the public may join your tour if your numbers are lower than 15. There is coach parking on the street opposite.

Out of Hours Evening and Daytime tours

  • Please get in touch if you would like to book a tour outside our usual opening hours. This might be on a Monday, Tuesday or in the evening. Min 10 people. Price £8 per person. 0121 233 4785.

Birmingham Conservation Trust

Birmingham Conservation Trust:

The Coffin Works is owned and managed by Birmingham Conservation Trust, a charity which exists to preserve and enhance Birmingham's threatened architectural heritage and to promote an enjoyment and understanding of the city's historic buildings.

For information about the work of the Trust please visit  http://www.birminghamconservationtrust.org/ or find us on:

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Contact: Sarah Hayes 0121 233 4785 

Past Projects:

  • 19th century back-to-backs, Hurst Street/Inge Street, Birmingham, opened 2004 (managed by the National Trust).
  • Early 19th century townhouses at 69 and 70 Great Hampton Street in the Jewellery Quarter restored for use by small businesses.
  • The Brewmaster's House - a fine Georgian house between the ICC and Brindley Place.