Support the Coffin Works!

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Project by The Coffin Works Team

We did it
On 20th April 2020 we successfully raised £4,099 ( + est. £740.00 Gift Aid ) with 189 supporters in 28 days

We have had to close our doors to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we need your help to ensure they open again.

 New stretch target

This is just the start! It takes £10,000 to run our building per month, but £3,000 goes a long way to keeping our building heated and our collections safe. Thank you! 

What we are raising money for:

As we're sure you are all aware at the moment, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having massive effects around the world, and the heritage sector is no exception. Due to the government advice surrounding social distancing, we have unfortunately had to make the difficult decision to close the doors of our beloved museum to the public until at least the 1st August 2020. As a small charity in the heart of Birmingham, without the support of our visitors, volunteers, family, friends and the wider world, this threatens our long term security and we need as much help as we can possibly get to solidify our survival.

More about Coffin Works:

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.

How you can help!

To help ensure the longevity of the Coffin Works, we have decided to launch a very exciting new scheme of memberships! People will be able to buy an annual membership, visit the museum as many times as they like within that year for free, then get discounts on our shows, shop and more! We will only be able to launch this new and exciting feature with your donations and support. 

We would ask that any who can, donations absolutely anything they can, to support us through this very difficult period in time to enable us to come out the other side of this crisis stronger than ever.

We understand what difficult times we are all in and we want to show our undying appreciation and thanks for your faith and support in the Coffin Works. Therefore, we would like to offer the first 25 people who donate £20, one of our brand new memberships, complete with free entry for a year from our reopening, discounts, and an exclusive limited edition welcome pack and gift!

We cannot thank you enough for your time, kind thoughts and donations in support of the Coffin Works in launching memberships for our long-term stability.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

40 of 40 claimed

Coffin Works Membership for a Year

Be one of the first to receive our new Membership Card. This entitles you to a year (from when we reopen) of free visits to the Coffin Works, discounts on our shows and shop, plus an exclusive welcome pack and gift to thank you for your support.

£10 or more

Thank you!

Your name will forever be on our thank you board for supporting the Coffin Works during this difficult time.

£15 or more

33 of 40 claimed

Limited Edition Pin Badge

Receive a Limited Edition Coffin Works Supporter pin badge to wear with pride knowing you have our eternal thanks for your support!

£50 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Vintage Tea and Tour for Two

Receive a free Vintage Tea and Tour for two people. Come along for a tour of the Coffin Works, followed by tea and cake in our 1960s style waiting room.

£100 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Unique Private Tour for Six

Receive a private tour for up to six people, at a time of your choosing. This will be a special tour: 'The Cast of Newman Brothers and their place in Birmingham's Rich History' that will last approximately an hour and a half, followed by hot drinks, biscuits and the chance to have a hearty discussion with our expert tour guide. Plus, you'll get free membership to the Coffin Works for four people for the year.

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