Coffin Works gears up for summer with a host of events

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The Coffin Works, Birmingham’s historic museum and venue – that was bought back to life by the Birmingham Conservation Trust last year – will host an exciting roster of events this summer that will have the people of the Jewellery Quarter dancing, laughing and starting renovation projects of their own.

The summer events programme will kick off this week with experienced furniture restoration and upholstery tutor, Garry Hale offering two free taster workshops on Friday 5 and 20 June. With Garry’s help, you’ll be returning the life in grandma’s old armchair in no time!

But if craft projects aren’t your thing, you’re bound to be entertained on Saturday night (June 6) as Moseley-based Nomad puts on an evening of live music, comedy and spoken word in the Coffin Work’s historic Victorian courtyard.

The evening, aptly titled Voice of the Nomads, will host local talent such as Tom Christian, who recently won the Midlands Comedy Award for Best New Act 2015; David Freja, a songwriter and folk festival veteran, and Joe Smith and The Holy Rollers who are frequent performers in the cafes and bars of Birmingham.

And that’s not all that will be happening on Saturday – as a part of the Game Over exhibition, that launched 28 April – Fashionistas can enjoy a free hand embroidery workshop in the museum’s Shroud Room from 11.30am – 12.30pm. Artist, Kirsten Adkin will discuss her involvement with the project at from 2.30pm, followed by PHD student Josie Wall, who is studying Victorian attitudes towards death. She will give an interesting talk about the relationship between art and death that will come to a close at 4pm, which is just enough time to grab something to eat in the Quarter before Voice of the Nomads starts at 6.45pm.

Online tickets to Voice of the Nomads will cost £5 per person, with an additional booking fee, or £7.50 on the door.

For more information, and to book tickets, please visit

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