Our venues


Photo bmag

World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

Photo thinktank

Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

Photo aston

Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

Photo blakesley

Discover a fine Tudor house and beautiful gardens just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Blakesley Road

Birmingham, B25 8RN

0121 348 8120

Photo jewellery

A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

Photo sarehole

A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.

Cole Bank Road

Birmingham, B13 0BD

0121 348 8160

Photo soho

Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

Photo weoley

The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160

3 Aug 2015

Faith in Birmingham:
Working Group

In a recent blog post we introduced a project called Faith in Birmingham to create a new gallery exploring the range of faiths practiced in the city.

Last week we held our first meeting of the Faith in Birmingham: Working Group, specially established to help shape and inform the direction of the gallery. The group is made up of local individuals who practice one of the six faiths that the gallery will cover it its first year; Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. They have very generously given us their time to join us on this journey and will meet monthly until February.

Faith in Birmingham working group

In the first meeting we quizzed our group with all the questions and ideas we had been saving up for months to ask them! Our questions focused on three areas; objects, themes and design.

We wanted some initial ideas of which objects they felt would best represent their religion, either historical, contemporary or personal. We also invited the members to bring their own objects along to share stories about.

Group discussions

We were also interested to know more about how the objects should be arranged in the gallery. Should we group objects together by religion or by a theme that unites them through their use, for example prayer? Interestingly the group were more drawn to themes that were more spiritual in nature, such as compassion, love and hope, and conveying that many of these are shared across faiths.

Group discussions

Lastly we looked at design; what colours could we use, should there be music playing and what should the atmosphere be like? Faith practice can be calm and contemplative but also vibrant and active; the group challenged us to communicate both in the gallery.

Group discussions

This first meeting was just the start of the conversation and we look forward to working closely with the group as the project progresses. 

Images: Luke Unsworth