Birmingham Civic Society welcomes Civic Voice to Birmingham

Gavin Orton, Chair of Birmingham Civic Society this week welcomed the news that Civic Voice is to make Birmingham its new Head Office.

"It's fantastic news that Civic Voice have recently set up a new base in Birmingham - we're really pleased to welcome the Civic Voice team to the city. We're looking forward to supporting and working closely with the Civic Voice on local and national issues. Birmingham is not only well positioned as a base for going out and connecting with the rest of the UK but also for bringing together civic societies and associated groups/organisations from around the country". 

Following the end of Civic Voice's lease in Liverpool, the board of Trustees decided to relocate Civic Voice to the Coffin Works, which is a "heritage hub" for the Midlands. Organisations including Heritage Trust Network, Birmingham Conversation Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund are all based here. We see this as an excellent opportunity in the next stage of Civic Voice's story. 

Our new address is: Civic Voice, The Coffin Works, 13-15 Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1JP. Please update your records. 

The Coffin Works is a historic Jewellery Quarter factory which has been brought back to life by Birmingham Conservation Trust. The Newman Brothers' factory, a statutorily listed building situated within the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area, once produced some of the world’s finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother. Now a busy museum, with the original machinery working again, visitors can once again, experience how this old Jewellery Quarter firm operated on a day-to-day basis.

To celebrate us moving to the Coffin Works, we are holding an open day on National Civic Day (17th June) for Civic Voice members and guests for tours at 11, 1pm and 3pm. The Coffin Works is also open for Heritage Open Days in September. This will be an excellent opportunity for people to walk around the new workplace and take in this wonderful building.

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