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23 Apr 2018

Queen Victoria statue to undergo conservation work

The iconic Birmingham statue of Queen Victoria is to undergo conservation cleaning to mark the Birmingham Civic Society’s centenary celebrations. The statue, situated in Victoria Square, is cared for by Birmingham Museums Trust on behalf of Birmingham City Council, and has stood in the city centre since 1901 when it was unveiled just 12 days before Queen Victoria’s death.

Originally created in marble by Thomas Brock, the statue was recast in bronze by William Bloye in 1951. The artwork now requires conservation work to clean and maintain the statue and its pedestal, so it can continue to stand in one of Birmingham’s most prominent locations for years to come. The work will not remove green patina which has formed on the statue over time. Read More...

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11 Apr 2018

Volunteer as a Heritage Interpreter at Sarehole Mill!

We are looking for people who are passionate about history and enjoy meeting new people. If you are an approachable people person who would enjoy welcoming visitors to our working watermill and getting involved with events at the site then we want to hear from you. 

You can find out more from our role profile. Read More...

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11 Apr 2018

Thinktank Photo Competition

Take a photo of Birmingham to be in with the chance of winning a Family Membership Plus for Birmingham Museums!

We want to know what Birmingham means to you! Read More...

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20 Mar 2018

Birmingham Heritage Week back for 2018 thanks to sponsors

Birmingham Heritage Week, a city-wide festival that celebrates Birmingham’s rich and diverse heritage, is set to return for a fourth year after securing vital sponsorship funding.

Sponsors who will be supporting this year’s festival include The University of Birmingham, Historic England and Colmore BID as Gold Sponsors and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as a Silver Sponsor. It is thanks to these organisations that Birmingham Heritage Week will return to the city for 2018.  Read More...

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19 Mar 2018

Contemporary art in heritage locations: two fascinating exhibitions at Aston Hall and Blakesley Hall

Working with the Arts Council Collection as part of their National Partners Programme, Birmingham Museums Trust is bringing contemporary art, including work by Birmingham based artists, to two heritage venues: Aston Hall and Blakesley Hall.   

Aston Hall is a magnificent 400-year-old Jacobean redbrick mansion and Blakesley Hall is a Tudor timber-framed house sited amongst avenues of modern houses that lie beyond its gates. At each site, a selection of important works from the Arts Council Collection will go on display alongside select pieces from Birmingham’s own collection. The exhibitions will engage with the unique stories of both historical properties and their surrounding communities. Read More...

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16 Mar 2018

Family fun at Birmingham Museums this Easter

30th March – 15th April 2018

It wouldn’t be an Easter school holiday without a jam-packed schedule of delights and surprises at Birmingham Museums. With a range of spring-themed arts and crafts to get creativity blooming, and sprinkling of fairy magic at Aston Hall, let little ones’ imaginations run wild this Easter!  Read More...

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5 Mar 2018

Book now to see Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure for free at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus skeleton cast arrives in May. Dippy is free to see between  26th May to 9th September 2018, but tickets must be booked in advance to secure the chance to see this highly anticipated exhibition. Dippy will be accompanied by an exhibition which showcases that not all dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago. Fun activities for all the family both at the Museum and across the Midlands will celebrate Dippy’s stay in Birmingham

Dippy the Diplodocus is an awe-inspiring 292 piece skeleton cast. He has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905 and Dippy on Tour: A Natural; History Adventure, which takes in eight venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is the first time he has been put on public display outside of the Natural History Museum.    Read More...

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3 Mar 2018

Birmingham Museums closed on March 3rd 2018 due to severe weather conditions

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Thinktank and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter will be closed on Saturday March 3rd 2018 due to the severe weather conditions and the advice not to travel.

We hope to re-open Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Thinktank on Sunday March 4th. The next scheduled day for the Musuem of the Jewellery Quarter to open is Tuesday March 6th. Read More...

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28 Feb 2018

Adult and Toddler Ticket Offer

Head to Thinktank during Birmingham term-time and take advantage of big savings with our new adult and toddler (3-5 years old) ticket offer.

The adult and toddler ticket enables you to marvel at everything Thinktank has to offer at the great value price of just £15. You can learn while having fun in our hands-on Kids City, then explore science in the interactive Science Garden. Experience the mighty machines that powered Birmingham’s industrial past, then gaze at the stars in our planetarium. Read More...

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23 Feb 2018

American tour allows hidden gems to shine at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Displays will be changing at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) later this year, as Birmingham Museums Trust undertakes its largest touring exhibition to date through a partnership with the American Federation of Arts (AFA).

Victorian Radicals will see approximately 200 works from Birmingham’s world-class collection tour to at least six venues in the United States from October 2018. The exhibition will showcase Birmingham’s rich artistic heritage to a whole new audience across the Atlantic – helping to raise the profile of the the city and its collection, and raise money for the redevelopment of BMAG as part of wider fundraising plans. Read More...