30 Jan 2019

Birmingham Museums is saddened to learn of the death of Kane Walker.

Birmingham Museums is saddened to learn of the death of Kane Walker. Kane was the subject of a piece of art featured in our Inspire 18 youth art competition over the summer last year.

Artist Oliver (aged 18) wrote in the accompanying label:“This is 'Kane' you may have seen him by Birmingham markets sitting on the pavement, he is homeless. He designed this piece by telling me what he wanted to express. It is a project I’m doing called 'Don’t be Artless', I attempt to give the homeless a voice through art.” Read More...

12 Dec 2018

Rachel Maclean to curate Too Cute! at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in January 2019

Saturday 26th January to Sunday 12th May 2019

Artist and filmmaker Rachel Maclean will curate a major exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Too Cute!, opening on 26th January 2019. Read More...

7 Dec 2018

Birmingham Museums 2018 Christmas gift list

Finding the perfect gift for the special people in your life can be tricky, but if you’re still looking for that ideal present, we’ve got you covered with our bespoke Birmingham Museums range. 

Support Birmingham Museums by adding these fantastic gifts to your Christmas shopping list! It couldn’t be easier – browse and buy online or take a festive trip to one of our sites to pick up a unique present that will impress on Christmas morning.  Read More...

22 Nov 2018

Staffordshire Hoard Helmets Revealed for Public Display

Birmingham Museums Trust and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent have today revealed two reconstructions of a magnificent helmet contained within the Staffordshire Hoard.

Experts studied thousands of incredibly rare fragments - believed to be more than 1,300 years old - to build a picture of the original helmet. They then spent 18 months using both cutting-edge technology and ancient craft techniques to make stunning replicas of the internationally-important find. Read More...

20 Nov 2018

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Redevelopment Postponed

Birmingham City Council are proposing to reschedule their modernisation works on the Council House complex until after the Commonwealth Games in 2022. This will mean that Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will no longer be closing in late 2019.

This does not change our ambitions to redevelop the museum. We will continue to plan the new displays and public facilities so that work can begin onsite sometime after 2022. Read More...

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9 Nov 2018

Award success for Birmingham Museums’ Collecting Birmingham project

A three-year project that empowered the people of Birmingham to take an active role in developing the collection at Birmingham Museums Trust has been recognised with an award from the Museums Association.

Collecting Birmingham was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and engaged with residents from inner city Birmingham, giving them a central role in deciding which new objects Birmingham Museums should collect to better reflect the city’s diversity and heritage. Read More...

5 Nov 2018

MPs Jess Phillips, Preet Kaur Gill and Caroline Spelman choose artworks at new BMAG exhibition – Women Power Protest

Ahead of the opening of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s new major all-female contemporary art exhibition – Women Power Protest – MPs Jess Phillips (MP for Birmingham Yardley), Preet Kaur Gill (MP for Birmingham Edgbaston) and Dame Caroline Spelman (MP for Meriden) visited the museum to choose their favourite artworks. 

The three MPs were given a sneak peek at the exhibition which was programmed as part of the Arts Council Collection’s (ACC) National Partnership Programme and brings together artworks from the ACC and Birmingham’s own collection. Opening to the public on Saturday 10th November, the show takes a contemporary look at women’s rights in the anniversary year of the first women getting the right to vote.  Read More...

26 Oct 2018

World’s oldest working steam engine back in action at Thinktank after restoration project

The Smethwick Engine, the world’s oldest steam engine in working order, built and designed in Birmingham by James Watt, will be powered by steam for the first time in over three years at Thinktank following an extensive restoration project.

Smethwick Engine Weekend will run at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November where the historic engine will be steaming three times each day at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Read More...

11 Oct 2018

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to host celebratory women’s weekend

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) is celebrating an important year for women’s rights with a weekend of thought-provoking events and performances from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – including a ceremony unveiling a blue plaque to honour Birmingham suffragette Bertha Ryland and a women in parliament discussion with local female MPs.

The weekend of events is part of the programme for Women Power Protest, an Arts Council Collection National Partnership exhibition. The bold contemporary feminist art exhibition, open from 10th November 2018 – 31st March 2019, features over 55 female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work. Read More...

5 Oct 2018

First jeweller in residence winner announced

One budding Midlands jewellery designer has been given a unique opportunity with the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter to be its first Jeweller in Residence, a project which aims to support emerging jewellery designers. 

Winner Fiona Harris, who previously studied at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, is the first designer to be crowned with the title. As part of the prize Fiona, now based in Nottingham, has the unique opportunity to work from the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’s perfectly preserved jewellery workshop for the next year and have her bespoke handcrafted jewellery sold in the museum’s acclaimed shop. Read More...