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16 May 2018

Historic buildings brought to life in new Museum of the Jewellery Quarter exhibition

Details of historic Jewellery Quarter and city centre buildings will be showcased in a unique exhibition of new illustrations by Birmingham based artist, Thomas Parry, known as Made on the Canal, on show at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Opening on Friday 15th June, the free exhibition, Made on the Canal - The Jewellery Quarter and A Little Beyond, will include over 20 new intricate illustrations of recognisable buildings across the Jewellery Quarter created especially for this exhibition. Artworks include Spring Hill Library and Manton Union Works, highlighting the ornate details of the buildings which are often missed when rushing past buildings on foot or in vehicles.Popular Jewellery Quarter pieces by Parry will also be on display, including the Chamberlain Clock and St Paul's Church.  Read More...

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11 May 2018

Inspire 2018 Deadline Extended!

We have received hundreds of wonderful entries for Inspire 2018 and we want to keep going! Therefore the deadline has been extended until Saturday 26th May 5.00pm.

That’s two more weeks to get your ‘We Heart ❤Colour!’ artwork over to us. Read More...

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9 May 2018

The countdown to Dippy’s arrival in Birmingham begins after his record-breaking stay in Dorset

The clock is officially ticking as the countdown to Dippy the Diplodocus’ journey from Dorset to Birmingham, as part of Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure, has begun.

Dorset County Museum and the Jurassic Coast Trust have officially marked the handover to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery at a celebration attended by local schoolchildren.   Read More...

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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...