Old Blog Posts 2008-2010

Horton Estates link back to the past
February 5th, 2010
by admin?joe
Birmingham based Horton Estates deputy chairman, Peter Horton has a family link stretching back to his great, great grandfather Isaac who began the company in 1871 when he acquired the Midland Hotel now the Burlington) and set about developing it. Issac, buried in the Key Hill Cemetery in 1880 he was responsible for building the Grand Hotel and at the time of his death established a substantial property empire.
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White collar workers get hot under the collar
February 1st, 2010
by admin?joe
White collar workers are taking up Boxing in order keep trim….Full Story
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Selling Gold? Then get clued up!
February 1st, 2010
by admin?joe
Birmingham Trading Standards have produced some very good advice for those looking to sell their Gold. It is advisable that you read it as it could save you from getting ripped off. Why accept 17% of your Gold’s value when you can have over 90% of its actual worth.
Read the article here
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Birmingham Trading Standards warning to Gold sellers
February 1st, 2010
by admin?joe
…………….Full Story
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Great news for the Jewellery Quarter’s two historic Cemeteries
January 29th, 2010
by admin?joe
Birmingham City Council have just announced a £120,000 project to restore the historic gates and walls at Grade II listed Key Hill Cemetery with a further £150,000 to repair and restore Key Hill and Warstone Lane cemeteries themselves (see the photos of both Cemeteries on this website)
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Campain continues to make the Jewellery Quarter “World Heritage Site”
January 29th, 2010
by admin?joe
Work goes on to help the Jewellery Quarter achieve its end goal of obtaining “World Heritage Site” status…It is only time before we get there IMHO!
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Local night club comes under fire!
January 29th, 2010
by admin?joe
At a time when the Subway nightclub has come under fire for making unbelievable offers to clubbers, the goverment only today has tightened the law on under age drinking.
Club entry and 12 free drinks all for £10.00 seems unbelievable to most people and it does make one wonder how they can afford to do it.
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Number of Schemes to help the Jewellery Quarter move forward.
January 29th, 2010
by admin?joe
A number of schemes have been announced to help the Jewellery Quarter become even more important to our nation’s heritage.
Aspiring jewellery maker entrepreneurs in the Jewellery Quarter can look forward to a ‘golden future’ after Birmingham City Council agreed to £668,000 of investment for an innovative new business incubation centre. Further schemes are as follows :
1. £l.5m development of the Golden Square, a new public space at the heart of Quarter – work due to begin later this year
2. A campaign to have the Jewellery Quarter listed as ‘World Heritage Site’
3. £120,000 project to restore historic gates and walls at Grade II listed Key Hill Cemetery. With a further £150,000 to repair and restore Key Hill and Warstone Lane cemeteries themselves. Which from a personal point of view is long over due!
4. Extension of the Midlands METRO which will for the first time create a direct rail link from the Jewellery Quarter directly to the city centre, New Street Gateway and beyond…full story
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Council commit to investing £5m in the Jewellery Quarter
January 22nd, 2010
by admin?joe
BIRMINGHAM City Council has pledged to invest pounds 5 million in the historic Jewellery Quarter. Councilor Summerfield said: “I’m happy to set the record straight. We are committed, with our partners, to record levels of investment in the Jewellery Quarter. On a personal note a commitment to do something with restoration of our famous “Key Hill Cemetery” is long over due having seen its lack of attention of the years.
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One person’s view of the pub trade in Jewellery Quarter today
January 22nd, 2010
by admin?joe
See Kieron’s personal experience here of how Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter’s pubs are doing today in the present climate.
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/midlands-pubs/browse_thread/thread/880687b3946edf6a
Be careful when buying Gold online!
January 22nd, 2010
by admin?joe
In a report by “Which” they found that one firm offered just £38.57 for the three pieces of new jewellery purchased for £729 which is described as “shockingly bad value” Full story at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/gold/7036987/Cash-for-gold-firms-advertising-on-TV-offer-shockingly-bad-value.html
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Jewellery Quarter Birmingham blog is back!!!
January 12th, 2010
by admin?joe
We look forward to bringing you the very latest news from in and around the Jewellery Quarter here in the second City.
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Students looking for help!
June 17th, 2009
by admin?joe
John writes :
Dear all,
I represent a group of postgraduate planning students from the University of Birmingham. We have recently been tasked with producing a mock development brief for the vaccant Ludgate Hill site and we were wondering whether we could talk to you regarding your views on its potential and suitable uses. Any help you could give us would be much appreciated along with the contact details of any other groups who have an interest in this site and may be of benefit for us to speak to.
Many thanks
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Jewellery Quarter influences band new music album title.
June 8th, 2009
by admin?joe
The band the Twang have named their album “Jewellery Quarter”…………….. Full Story
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PCPT moves into the Jewellery Quarter.
June 8th, 2009
by admin?joe
50 year old Birmingham company up sticks and move to the Jewellery Quarter……..Full Story
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The “1899″ Milk Bill
May 5th, 2009
by admin?joe
When work began on the Jewellery Quarter Discovery Centre back in 1990, approx 70,000 items were catalogued from the old Smith and Pepper factory including a milk bill from way back in 1899. The old factory finally closed it’s door in 1981 when Tom Smith his Brother Eric and Sister Olive finanally closed their doors for the last time. It is said thatone Friday afternoon they simply dismissed all their staff, closed the doors, never to open them again.
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Did you know!
May 5th, 2009
by admin?joe
At the old “Smith and Pepper” factory on Vyse Street, each craftsmen was issued with his own ration of gold with the amount being documented in the company ledger. In the old days eleven workers would work to a bench and at close down all the scrap and unused gold was weighed and recorded. However, in the 1950’s it is said that some of the more unscrupulous employees who worked in the Jewellery Quarter worked out how to evade the crude security measures of the time employed by the companies, by imbedding a handful of gold filings into their greasy hair, whereby later on at home they would retrieve the gold whilst washing their hair.
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Local folklore
May 5th, 2009
by admin?joe
Did you know that it is said that errand boys in the 1920’s used to push bullion from one workshop to another in open, three-wheeled baskets. On occassions it was said that sometimes workers they would bump into some of their friends and stop to play football, using the precious bundles as gold posts – sounds like a tall tail to me!
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Request from Nickie who is looking to sell a diamond ring
May 5th, 2009
by admin?joe
Hello,
I have a diamond ring to sell. Are there places in the jewllery quarter when i can sell it?
Any recommendations for Nickie?
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Anybody had any Art Nouveau jewellery repaired in the quarter?
April 30th, 2009
by admin?joe
We receisved a request todayk asking if nwe could recommeand a specialisht jeweller who could possibly repair a piece of Art Nouveau jewellery?
If you can help Brenda, please drop us a line.
Anyone being ripped off in the Jewellery Quarter?
April 28th, 2009
by admin?joe
If this is you please send us your stories so that it may help others. We have received a couple of unsavoury stories regarding certain Jewellers in the quarter recently and as a result we would like to build up a picture of any less scruplous characters in the quarter as they affect the overall good name of the Jewelley Quarter itself.
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Are you a disabled person who has recently visited the Jewellery Quarter?
April 28th, 2009
by admin?joe
Have you been round the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingam lately, what was your experience of the facilities? We were recently asked by a reader to provide them with information for a disabled person visiting the quarter. Whereby we took it on ourselves to contact the council for some guidance on the matter – unfortunately their response – when it finally came was as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.
So, if you have visited the quarter and you are disabled, please contact with your comments so that we can help others in the same situation as yourself and perhaps we can make their visit more pleasant.
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Any available Jewellery apprenticeships in the JQ?
March 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
I have received a mail from young lady orignally from Brum who is looking to move back home should she be offered the right opportunity – so any employers out there who may be interested?
She writes : After hearing your report on midlands today i would be interested in finding more about jewellery apprentiships i have a BA hons in textile design and have done some work at college in silver ssmithing. I also have a vast knowledge about semi precious stones I was wondering if this apprentiship would be available to a post graduate and wheather it would be paid or not.
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Request: Help with tracing my JQ ancestors
March 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
Jane writes : My husbands family had a jewllery shop in Birmingham, ‘Lucas’. It is said that Joseph Lucas of Lucas Lights was a uncle. Is there any records of Lucas shops since 1800’s and 1900’s?
Direct desendants are Ronald, Frederick, Charles, Charles lucas.
Any imformation would be great, many thanks
Jane Lucas
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Request : Dorothy is looking for info on her JQ roots
March 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
I received the following from Dorothy and would be interested in hearing from anyone who can help!
She write : Can you tell me where I can obtain information of past Jewellers, I know my gt grandfather had a factory in Birmingham in the 1800s. His name was Henry Jenkins, also his sons was in the trade. One had a factory also his son was killed in the 2nd World war, Samuel Jenkins had a statue of his son Samuel David outside his factory, I am trying to find out if this said statue still exist. I would be gratefull for any info on this subject.
Many Thanks – Dorothy
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Re : Interesting post to us!
February 26th, 2009
by admin?joe
Elizabeth writes : Where can I buy and ethical diamond? And what is the difference in price between a diamond and an ethical diamond?
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“Jeweller of the week”
January 19th, 2009
by admin?joe
New kid on the block St8ment Accessories is not only offering affortable funky and very fashionable Jewellery, Scarves, Handbags and other sylish accessories but they are also donate a percentage of profits to Charity. So if you believe your accessories can make an outfit then visit St8ment Accessories now website
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Need your local Jewellery Quarter Job Centre?
January 16th, 2009
by admin?joe
For any readers not familar with the Jewellery Quarter and maybe looking for employment or perhaps changing jobs the Jewellewry Quarter has it’s own Job Centre at the following address :

65-67 Summer Row
Jewellery Quarter
Birmingham
West Midlands
B3 1LB‎
Telephone: 0121 237 8300‎
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Request : I am looking for a Blue Sapphire gem but not ring.
January 16th, 2009
by admin?joe
Hi there,
I am looking for a Blue Sapphire gem but not ring asks Shree?
I am looking for a Blue Sapphire Certified Gem to present as a gift for one of my friend.
Please let me know if you can get me blue sapphire gem. If not could you please let me know where i can get this gem.
Thanks in Advance
Shree
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What are your first memories of the Jewellery Quarter?
January 13th, 2009
by admin?joe
Well mine goes back to the mid 60’s when I used to go down the Villa with my Grandmother, who’s Father was the legendary Billy Garraty ( ex England, Villa legendary goalscorer, WBA, Leicester and finally Lincoln ) Anyway she would often talk about him during the visits to Villa Park and on occassions she mentioned that he often travelled to the Jewellery Quarter in Hockley, Birmingham to buy small pieces of Jewellery for the family when he had saved up the money. She often said that despite Billy being at the very top of his trade, he was paid a pittance and as a result the Family were like most other Families of time, struggling to make end meet – but that is another story
Tags : billygarraty.com, billy garraty, jewellery quarter, hockley, birmingham, Aston Villa, England footballer, West Bromwich Albio, Leicester Fosse, Lincoln City, Jewellery
Midlands Today reports problems with parking in the Jewellery Quarter
January 8th, 2009
by admin?joe
Today saw Midlands Today report on the increasing parking problems for workers and local residents. In fact the prblem is apparently so bad that 600 parking tickets were issued with a single month.
It is reported that some companies and local residents are paying vast omes of money just to secure a parking spot. It highlighted the case of Andrew Major a local business owner who paid £17,000 just to purchase a car parking place.
Tags – Jewellery Quarter, Parking Problems
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Jewellery Quarter contract battle is hotting up
January 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
TOP architects from across the world have entered a battle to win a contract to design a new £1.5 million public square in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Bosses behind the project have been left astonished after being flooded with designs by more than 100 architects from not only the UK, but companies in Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands and even as far away as Australia.
It is hoped the “golden square”, which will replace the car park in front of the Big Peg office block in Vyse Street, will provide a meeting point and area to stage big events and it is one of the first new projects being developed as part of Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan aimed at transforming the area over the next 25 years.
An expert panel will now whittle the bidders down to a shortlist of six and each company will be asked to develop their design in more detail and participate in community workshops, before a winner is chosen and a final design agreed later this year.
The panel includes Ruth Reed, president elect of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Andrew Taylor, founding partner of Patel Taylor Landscape Architecture practice and Professor Kathryn Moore, past president of the Landscape Institute.
Coun Neville Summerfield, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I am delighted that we have attracted such a response from applicants who want to work with us in turning our vision into reality.
“The Jewellery Quarter is a wonderful asset to city centre, with its development being one of the key early priorities of the Big City Plan. The Golden Square will provide a fitting centrepiece to such a unique area, which is as important a component of the city’s development as New Street train station or the new library.”
He said the information centre outside the Big Peg will also be replaced by a new and improved facility, which will double up as an art gallery.
The nearby clock tower, erected at the intersection of Vyse Street, Warstone Lane and Frederick Street more than 100 years ago to honour MP Joseph Chamberlain, one of Birmingham’s favourite sons, will remain untouched.
Source – Birnmingham Mail
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Request : from Birmingham Teacher
January 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
Hello, I would like some information about school group visits to the Jewellery Quarter. We are currently looking at the topic of ‘Weight’. We hope to cover temperature, length, weight, scale reading etc. I would any information where children can observe and participate in the above areas. We would hope to visit on a Monday or Tuesday.
Any advice – Ed
Many Thanks. ( contact details withheld )
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Excitment as Rolex to be auctioned off by Fellows & Sons
January 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
Monday 19th January 2009, sees an example of Jame’s Bond most famous Rolex Solitaire ( first produced in 1962 through to 1990 ) go to auction in Birmingham. The Solitaire saved 007 from certain death in Live and Let Die’ and therefore little wonder that the 5513 model is so highly regarded and considered one of the most collectable Rolex Submariners today.
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Flickr’s Director of Community coming to Birmingham
January 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
Flickr’s American Director of Community Heather Champ, will be attending Birmingham’s international digital conference at the Thnk Space at Millennium Point on Friday, 24 October and the event is free for anyone who wishes to attend. Her session is at 2.30pm and it lasts for about an hour.
Tags: Birmingham, Millenium Point.
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Jewellery Quarter restaurant owner warns of tough times ahead
January 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
Jabbar Khan, the owner of the Lasan – an award winning curry house has warned of stormy times ahead next year. The Jewellery Quarter restaurant was awarded the 2008 British Curry Award at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, in London and depite this fact even Mr Khan is concerned as to the possible ramifications to his own industry due in no small part to the credit crunch and the British Goverments proposed changes to the law on immigration – read the full story
Tags: Jewellery Quarter, restaurants
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Call goes out to all budding designers
January 7th, 2009
by admin?joe
Brilliantly Birmingham – International Contemporary Jewellery Festival is entering into its ninth year. Since 1999, it has grown from an informal group of local designer jewellery exhibitors who gathered together to market themselves under a single brand to an international contemporary jewellery festival attracting designer makers from across the globe. Birmingham and the West Midlands region are rich in contemporary jewellery talent and Birmingham’s historic yet thriving Jewellery Quarter is unique in the world. Brilliantly Birmingham’s aim is to celebrate and promote this distinctive character of the city/region under a brand that stands for innovation, quality and style.
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New Jewellery Auction site making noises!!!
December 29th, 2008
by admin?joe
For those members of this website not familar with bidz.com if you are looking for heavily discounted Jewellery it is worth a look even though it is a U.S. website – click on the banner here and check it out for yourself :

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Jewellery Quarter Museum tops the charts
December 29th, 2008
by admin?joe
The Jewellery Quarter’s most famous museum dedicated to Birmingham’s jewellery making heritage was not only recently ranked top of 144 attractions in Birmingham but in the world’s top ( free) tourist attractions.
Situated in Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 – the Museum rubs shoulders with the likes of the Pantheon in Rome and Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral in the survey carried out by Trip Advisor.com.
The European list is as follows :
1. Pantheon, Rome
2. The National Gallery, London
3. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, England
4. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
5. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, Brussels
6. Dumomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
7. Retiro park, Madrid
8. Westminster Abbey, London
9. St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice
10. The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, N.Ireland
The Museum is situated in the former home of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm, which ceased trading in 1981, with the museum preserving the workshop as a “time capsule” to a bygone age. The Museum tells the story of the 200-year-old Jewellery Quarter and the ancient craft skills still practised in the workshop that made the area famous throughout the world.
For those interested the 10 top U.S. attractions are as follows :
1. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
2. Arlington National Cemetery, VA
3. Waimea Canyon, Kaui, Hawaii
4. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
5. Angel’s landing, Zion National Park, Utah
6. USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
7. Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1 California
8. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.
9. The Freedom Trail, Boston
10. Central Park, New York
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Update on proposed Silversmith’s Museum in Albion Street, Jewellery Quarter Birmingham
December 11th, 2008
by admin?joe
Plans for a working museum showcasing Birmingham’s role in the silver manufacturing industry have moved a step closer to reality.
Tourists will be able to visit the former premises of silversmiths J W Evans & Son in the Jewellery Quarter and watch modern craftsmen use late 19th century equipment and machinery if a proposal by English Heritage is approved.
The heritage watchdog has bought a terrace of three-storey Victorian houses in Albion Street, which were the site of the firm’s silver manufactory from 1882 to 2008, along with more than 170 original tools, and intends to restore the buildings to their original character……More
Birmingham Council stands up to Property Developers
December 11th, 2008
by admin?joe
Plans to bulldoze six empty buildings in the Jewellery Quarter before an agreement has been reached about redeveloping the site would set a bad precedent and could result in land remaining unused and fenced-off by hoardings for years, Birmingham planners warned.
The city council insists that developers sign contracts committing to a timescale for replacement before demolition in conservation areas is permitted – Ed: To right say I………Full Story
Tags : Birmingham Council, Property Developers, conservation, Jewellery Quarter, demolition, six empty buildings
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Former Texan meets the Jamhouse!
December 9th, 2008
by admin?joe
The Jamhouse, the stylish live music venue in the Jewellery Quarter is certainly gaining credibility with the quality of it’s guest performers. Most recently the old historic Georgian building saw the former Texas leade singer Sharleen Spiteri grace the venue ………. more
Tags : Jamhouse, Jewellery Quarter.
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Request from the U.S.
November 28th, 2008
by admin?joe
Ann from the U.S. is looking for information on Winston Elizabeth & Windsor who recently made and sold more than 300 limited edition commemorative silver coins to the Democratic Party to hand out to key members of the campaign to elect Obama prior to him becoming the next president of the United States of America. More Info
Tags: Coins, Jewellery Quarter, Obamea, US
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Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter voted the best urban village in the U.K.
November 28th, 2008
by admin?joe
No surprise there then! – Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter has been voted the best urban neighbourhood in the UK by top architects and designers – beating such competition as Nottingham’s Lacemarket and Stockbridge in Edinburgh. Judges were impressed by the area’s distinctive buildings, emphasis on small businesses and partnership between residents and traders. Dating back 250 years, the conservation area has more than 200 listed buildings, 400 jewellery businesses and 3,500 residents – Read More
Tags: Jewellery Quarter, urban village, best, u.k.
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Visiting the Jewellery Quarter prior to Christmas?
November 27th, 2008
by admin?joe
Then why not visit the now famous Frankfurt Christmas Market which is held in Victoria Square/Upper New St area – which just happens to be only a few minutes walk from the Jewellery Quarter.
Now in its eighth year the Frankfurt Christmas Market is expected to attract more than two million visitors to the city during its six-week run and as a result the market is now the world’s largest authentic German Christmas market to be staged outside of Germany or Austria. If you have not visited such a market then you are really missing out on a unique part of the build up to Christmas. On a personal note, whilst living in Nuremburg in Bavaria, Germany – a highlight of Christmas was always attending the world famous ” Nuremburg Christkindlesmarkt ” So now you to can experience Christmas on your doorstep – Read More
Tags: Frankfurt Christmas Market
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Birmingham’s vision for the next 25 years!
November 27th, 2008
by admin?joe
Apparently, the Birmingham Council’s long term aim is to help Birmingham break into the world’s top 20 cities ( according to the international Mercer Quality of Life index ) For the record, Birmingham is currently a joint 56th with Glasgow with London being ranked 38th. – To do so it would surely need the help of the Jewellery Quarter! – What do you think?
Tags: Birmingham’s 25 year plan, Jewellery Quarter
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Bringing life back to the Newman Brothers Coffin Factory
November 27th, 2008
by admin?joe
Birmingham’s famous Newman Brothers’ coffin fitting works is another step closer to being transformed into a visitor attraction and creative workspaces after councillors gave the go ahead to development plans Full Story
Tags: Coffin Works, Jewellery Quarter, Newman Brothers
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Request for information from Robin – he writes :
November 14th, 2008
by admin?joe
I am an A level Geography Student studying rebranding of Birmingham. I was wondering if you could tell me how much money was spent on rebranding Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in the last 10 years. This piece of information would play a valuble part in my coursework. As well as this, are there any future plans to rebrand the area? Looking forward to hearing your response.
Yours Faithfully
Robin Raphael Cohen
Ed : Anyone got the answer for Robin?
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Gift show at the Big Peg on 17th Nov, 08
November 14th, 2008
by admin?joe
” Rocks ” are hosting a gift show at the above location on 17th Nov at 09.00am – so if you wish to attend all the details are on the website
Tags: big peg, christmas, Gifts, Jewellery Quarter, show
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Christmas lights turned on in the Jewellery Quarter
November 14th, 2008
by admin?joe
Last night the xmas lights switched on in the famous Jewellery Quarter. The large crowd seemed to have had a great time – well at least my mates and I did – although maybe the visits to a few of the local watering holes had something to do with it!
The crowds were treated to a lighting spectacular based around a jewellery theme and the big switch on was carried out by a local primary school.
Amongst the entertainment on the night was a three-legged Santa race which helped raise more than £600 raised for tonight’s annual “Children in Need ”
So if you are in the area over the festive period why not pay a visit to see the lights for yourself.
Tags: christmas, Jewellery Quarter, Christmas lights 2008
Major £160 million complex for Jewellery Quarter given go ahead by city planners.
November 11th, 2008
by admin?joe
Great news for the Jewellery Quarter, however the decision means that a row of back-to-back houses will be demolished to make way for the new building despite pleas from conservationists. Both English Heritage and the Victorian Society have called for their restoration as part of the regeneration of the St George’s site, but the council’s planning committee claim that the properties have no historical merit – read the full story
Ed -What do you think, not exactly a win-win situation ?
Tags: back to backs, Birmingham, Jewellery Quarter, new £160m complex
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“Birmingham risks becoming another Detroit” according to Bennie Gray
October 28th, 2008
by admin?joe
Bennie Gray, who transformed the site in Digbeth from an industrial wasteland to a thriving business centre for media and arts-based firms, said start-up businesses represent a possible salvation of Birmingham’s economy as the country heads toward recession. Full Story
Tags: Art, Firms, Jewellery Quarter, Media
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Channel 4 ’s £20m project!
October 21st, 2008
by admin?joe
4iP is appointing a Birmingham-based digital commissioner for 4iP who will be based in the Jewellery Quarter. Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands helped Birmingham to secure its position as the first 4iP hub by raising £5 million, a figure which will be matched by another £5 million from Channel 4. Full Story
Tags: Jewellery Quarter
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Karen asks the following question!
October 19th, 2008
by admin?joe
Is there anywhere in the quarter which buys jewellery? I would like to sell a diamond and emerald ring and do not know the best place to go.
Thanks
Tags: buying jewellery, diamond, emerald ring
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New to Birmingham – then this could be for you!
October 18th, 2008
by admin?joe
A local social group of people new to Birmingham are meeting this Saturday evening at the Jam house in St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter. So anyone in a similar siuation why not get down there and meet the crowd. If however you prefer to arrange a meet instead drop me a line and I shall put you in touch – Ed
Tags: Birmingham, New in town, the jam house, Jewellery Quarter
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New Jewellery Quarter Museum would be one of the U.K.’s most unique visitor attractions.
October 17th, 2008
by admin?joe
A fully restored Victorian funeral parlour is set to take pride of place in a tourist trail through Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.
City planners are recommending approval for a £3.4 million scheme to turn the former Newman Coffin Works into a museum and visitor centre.
The three-storey Grade II listed building in Fleet Street dates from 1892 and once employed 100 people making metal coffin fittings and shrouds.
If Government approval for the project is given, key areas of the coffin works including the shroud room, stamp room and offices will be returned to their 19th century splendour. Full Story
Tags: Fleet St, Funeral Parlour, Grade 2 listed building, Historic Jewellery Quarter Birmingham, New Museum, Jewelery Quarter
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English heritage has voiced major concern over the state of the nations graveyards.
October 10th, 2008
by admin?joe
A conference took place yesterday to discuss what is described as a crisis in the maintenance of graveyards.
English Heritage says that Britain has the world’s best graveyard heritage, but gravestones are deteriorating through weathering and vandalism – Read more
One only has to take a trip down to either of the Cemeteries in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter ( the Mint & Ley Hill ) to appreciate exactly the gravity of the situation. I have taken a number of photos of both Cemetries ( see gallery ) but unfortunately only of the headstones that are still standing. My personal opinion is that it is an absolute travesty that authorities cannot find the money to maintain these unique cemetries.
Tags: Cemetery, English Heritage, Jewelly Quarter, Key Hill, Mint cemetery, Warstone Lane Cemetery
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Canal property the hardest hit in the U.K. say experts
October 10th, 2008
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THE area around Birmingham’s canals had the worst fall in buy-to-let house prices in the country last year, a survey has found.
The area, near the city centre and home to many young professionals, saw prices fall 17.3% or an average of £32,000.
Many buyers of such properties in parts of the country, often in new developments on old brownfield or industrial sites alongside canals or rivers, have since seen their investments lose thousands in value.
Buyers in canal-side developments built as recently as 2003 have crystallised their losses by selling at less than they paid, Mouseprice.com said – More
Tags: Canal property, City Centre, Jewellery Qarter, property
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Any good ideas on what Manjeet can do this Sunday in the Jewellery Quarter
September 26th, 2008
by admin?joe
Manjeet Sent us this e-mail today – any ideas drop us a line asap.
Good morning
I hope to visit the JQ this Sunday with a friend; could you recommend a few things for us to do?
We would like to spend the best part of the day in the area – including having lunch and morning coffee.
You are welcome to pass my details on to your clients/third parties – if this will help.
Thanks for your time.
Manjeet Sidhu
Tags: Jewellery Quarter
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American photographer Deborah Feingold exibits in Jewellery Quarter
September 25th, 2008
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American photographer Deborah Feingold exibits in Jewellery Quarter
St Paul’s Gallery in the Jewellery Quarter is currently hosting – until October 11th – the first international exhibition by one of America’s finest photographers – Deborah Feingold
30 yr old Deborah, has photographed many high profile celebs including Frank Zappa, Johnny Rotten, Bryan Ferry, Mick Jagger, James Brown, Paul Simon, Luther Vandross, Chet Baker, Mal Waldron, Sam Rivers, Madonna and more recently Barrack Obama. She is also a regular contributor to a number of leading publications including the Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Newsweek and The New York Times. St Paul’s Gallery, 94 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1TH is open from 10am – 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Telephone 0121 236 5800 or visit www.stpaulsgallery.com.
Tags: Deborah Feingold, Jewellery Quarter, St Pauls Gallery
Paul Carr’s recitel in the Jewellery Quarter
September 24th, 2008
by admin?joe
On Thursday October 2nd, Paul Carr performs a live organ recital at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter. Birmingham
For readers unfamiliar with the Grade I listed building built in 1779 – you can see a number of photos in the galley. Recital starts:at 1.15pm and admission is free. The recitals take place on the first Thursday of every month and last for 30 minutes.
Tags: Jewellery Quarter, St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square
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Little grains of truth from Stan’s Cafe
September 23rd, 2008
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Stan’s Cafe’s greatest work just keeps growing, says Terry Grimley.
If it was being staged in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern rather than an abandoned part of A E Harris’s factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, would Stan’s Cafe’s latest project be a front-runner to win the Turner Prize?
Stan’s Cafe
It’s an intriguing question. You could certainly make a strong case for it, because the exhibition Of All the People in All the World, which opens on Friday, is the biggest-ever presentation of a show which has already been a great hit at festivals from Hamburg to Los Angeles, from Sydney to Edinburgh. But is it art, or is it theatre? That’s an intriguing question too, but boundaries in the arts are surely there to be challenged by innovative artists.
Stan’s Cafe, whose work mainly falls on the theatrical side of the divide (for example, The Cleansing of Constance Brown, a recent co-commission from Warwick Arts Centre and the Vienna Festival), hit upon a brilliantly simple idea back in 2003.
What if you represented the world’s population by piles of rice, with one grain of rice for every human being on the planet? All sorts of world statistics, normally too abstract to be readily grasped, could be laid out in front of you in a stark and potentially revelatory manner.
The only problem was that even in piles of rice, that’s a huge number of people. So the first version of the show, presented at Warwick Arts Centre and shortly afterwards in Birmingham Cathedral, was scaled-down to represent UK-only statistics.
But those first two presentations were seen by representatives of the Die Welt theatre festival in Stuttgart, which was to push the show on to the international circuit.
“Knowing they were a very big German festival, I suggested to them they might like to stage the full version,” says Stan Cafe’s artistic director, James Yarker. “It was staged in a huge disused tram shed just outside the city centre. It was exciting, having done a one-tonne version, to do a 104-tonne version.”
But that Stuttgart event was the only presentation of the full worldwide version – others were smaller variants like “UK”, “Europe” or “America” – until now.
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More tough times ahead for Manufacturing in the Jewellery Quarter
September 22nd, 2008
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A BIRMINGHAM engineering firm has collapsed after 35 years, with 80 workers made redundant in the latest big blow to Midland manufacturing.
The £11 million turnover Delton group has gone into administration following a dramatic decline in sales in recent weeks.
All three companies in the cash-stricken group, based at Camden Street ,in the Jewellery Quarter – Delton Electric Ltd, Delton Central Services Ltd and H&K Industrial Services Ltd – are currently in administration.
Joint administrator John Kelly of insolvency group Begbies Traynor said Delton was continuing to trade in the hope of finding a buyer for the electrical and mechanical company.
“The company has been hit, like everybody else, by the current economic climate and the effect that that has had on sales generally,” he said.
“It is still trading at present – we have got interest in the company and we are pursuing that interest. We are hopeful that we may find a buyer for some of it.
“There are 100 employees and we have made 80 redundant.”
Mr Kelly said Delton had been hit by the downturn in the housing market and a slide in sales.
“This does seem to have happened rather quickly and that is one of the things that we need to look at. People are putting off expenditure and companies are having to cope with a sudden hole in their sales.”
The three companies specialise in electrical motor maintenance, design and manufacture of control panels and engineering work for fabrication and pipe fitting.
Source : Birmingham Mail
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Did you know!
September 19th, 2008
by admin?joe
The original FA cup & Wimbledon Ladies Single Trophy were both made in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter along with the Lonsdale and Commonwealth boxing belts.
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Birmingham firm strikes Barack Obama presidential coin
September 18th, 2008
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Birmingham firm strikes Barack Obama presidential coin
A company in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is making commemorative coins for American presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
And if the Democratic candidate is elected to become the most powerful man in the world on November 4, it could open the floodgates for millions of pounds worth of business for the firm.
Windsor, Elizabeth & Windsor has already sold more than 300 limited edition commemorative silver coins to the Democratic Party to hand out to key members of the campaign to elect Obama.
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Grim times ahead what do you do next?
September 15th, 2008
by admin?joe
Well, the economy is in a pickle, with fears of recession looming just around the corner, so what do companies do next? Well according to John Rudd of Aston Business School In uncertain economic times, businesses that reduce marketing spend to achieve a ‘quick fix’ are usually misguided. I agree John 100%, so start advertising here now…………………….Sorry too good an opportunity to miss!

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