Joyce Green, The final owner of Newman Brothers.
The last proprietor of Newman Brothers, Joyce Green, who had worked at the factory for 50 years, realised what a special place it was, and was determined to preserve it as a museum. Heritage organisations agreed, and although it took 15 years, in 2014 Birmingham Conservation Trust was proud to re-open the factory as a heritage attraction. Unfortunately, Joyce did not live to see this day.
Joyce began working at Newman Brothers at the age of 18 as the office secretary. She eventually became the managing director in the 1970s, and the factory’s last owner.
That the Newman Brothers’ factory has survived is due to the combined efforts of the factory’s last proprietor, Joyce Green, and of many organisations and individuals who recognised its importance for the history and heritage of Birmingham and the nation.