|Date:||Wednesday, 12 September 2018|
|Cost:||£35.00 Non U3A members £37.50|
|Pick up points:||Crab and Winkle, Werrington at 7.35, Bretton Centre at 7.50, Thorpe Meadows at 8.05 and return to Peterborough about 19.00|
|Booking deadline:||30th June 2108|
We meet a blue badge guide at 10.30 at the library to buy morning refreshments before exploring the Elizabethan style Shakespeare Memorial room and the garden terraces with views across the city. A coach tour tells the story of the city of a thousand trades from the Jewellery Quarter to the affluent suburbs where the trees start and factories were banned. From the Golden Mile with the Golden Boys to the back- to- backs you’ll enjoy an insider’s guide to the City. We arrive at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for free time for lunch. Choose a pub, café or the Edwardian Tea Rooms in the museum. Enjoy the art work including Pre-Raphaelite paintings and the Staffordshire Hoard-the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found.
In the afternoon we visit the coffin works. The Newman brothers made coffin furniture (handles, name plates and twirly bits not coffins) for Churchill and the Queen Mother. The original machinery is fired up and in an old fashioned office of ledgers and typewriters the Bakelite telephone periodically rings and a funeral director calls in to order his stock. The firm expanded into the making of coffin clothes and one area is devoted to this as if the workers had just left at the end of the day. Vintage, atmospheric and surprisingly good fun.There will be time to buy refreshments before heading home at 4.45.