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World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

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

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

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

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

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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

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A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

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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

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Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

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

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160

8 Sep 2016

Birmingham Heritage Week has begun

Birmingham’s exciting culture and heritage is set to be celebrated over the next 10 days, following a launch event for Birmingham Heritage Week at Curzon Street Station.

The event hosted at the Grade I listed building, on Wednesday 7th September, officially kicked off the week (8th – 18th September) of over 200 events which will showcase Birmingham’s historic buildings, culture, history and people. Read More...

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3 Aug 2016

‘Flying Scotsman’ to take centre stage at Tyseley Locomotive Works as part of Birmingham Heritage Week

Birmingham’s vibrant history and buzzing culture will be celebrated this September as Birmingham Heritage Week takes over the city again. This year the week will see the world’s most famous steam locomotive, ‘Flying Scotsman’ visit Tyseley Loco Works for the public to see.

Following on from its mammoth overhaul and successful inaugural run, the locomotive is scheduled to be on display in Tyseley from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th September. The locomotive is on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum Read More...

8 Jul 2016

Stories to be told in Birmingham as part of nationwide portrait events

Critically acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah OBE participates in the first of a series of live portrait sittings by award-winning artist Tanya Raabe-Webber at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery this summer, exploring and celebrating the diversity of our common humanity.

Portraits Untold, funded by Arts Council England and in partnership with The Big Draw and other national venues including National Portrait Gallery will see acclaimed disabled artist Tanya Raabe-Webber undertake the first of the live portrait sittings at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 16 July with the respected artist and founding member of the influential Black Audio Film Collective. Their first film, Handsworth Songs (1986) explored the events surrounding the 1985 riots in Birmingham and London through a combination of archive footage, still photos and newsreel. Read More...

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5 Jul 2016

Swapping Handsworth for Mumbai: Soho House celebrates Indian summer night!

Al fresco entertainment including Bollywood dancers and an open-air showing of Slumdog Millionaire will help transform the restored Georgian Soho House into the setting for an atmospheric Indian evening on Saturday 13 August.

The special summer evening event has been devised in partnership with the Travelling Cinema Company, who will erect an outdoor screen within the grounds of Soho House for the special showing of the movie. The ambience of Mumbai will be recreated with the smell of Indian food drifting through the air, with a range of spiced delicacies available to buy on the evening, whilst Bollywood-style dancers provide the perfect warm-up act for the movie to follow. Read More...

30 Jun 2016

Birmingham Museums commemorate the Battle of the Somme centenary with rare new artefact

Birmingham Museums is commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme by hosting a series of film screenings of an iconic First World War propaganda film at Blakesley Hall – where a tunic worn by a Birmingham soldier on the first day of the Somme will be added to the site’s longstanding First World War exhibition.

The uniform belongs to Arthur Brooke Turner, who was a solicitor from Birmingham and served in the Territorial Army as a pre First World War soldier with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. As he worked his way up through the ranks, Arthur was wounded on 1 July 1916, during the major offensive on the first day of the Somme. Read More...

9 Jun 2016

Anything but civil: war comes to Aston Hall 2016

Honourable battles between flamboyant Royalists and austere Roundheads may be how the English Civil War is portrayed in films and on TV, but the reality of this bloody conflict was anything but civil, as visitors to Aston Hall’s Pikes & Muskets event on Saturday (11 June) will find out.

The day of 17th century combat runs from 11.00am until 4.00pm within the grounds of Aston Hall, where visitors can hear the crack of rifle fire and hear the boom of cannons as part of this historic re-enactment event. A crack unit of Royalist troops will muster to show off some of the drills and formations used during the conflict, which not only saw Parliamentarians take up arms against those loyal to the King, but brothers and families split as they were forced to fight. Read More...

7 Jun 2016

Our food, our health and our planet: The Crunch Comes to Thinktank

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, is fast becoming the Midlands hub of a national initiative aimed at helping people explore the links between food, how it is produced, and the impact that it has on ourselves and the planet. 

The Crunch will see Thinktank’s team of expert educators head out into the community, to festivals and events around Birmingham. The Crunch team will be sharing workshops, discussions and activities, which will help families better understand the origins of their food and drink. Visitors can continue their involvement at home, with a new game from the team behind Wallace and Gromit, Aardman, called Hungry City which you can find at www.bit.ly/hungrycity . Read More...

16 May 2016

Turning to see: Van Dyck's last self-portrait comes to Birmingham

Opens Saturday 28 May 2016

His work was the talk of society in the mid-17 th century, when he bucked the trend for stiff formal portraits to paint in a more relaxed and informal style. From Saturday 28 May, the last and greatest self-portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, alongside works by Picasso, Rembrandt and Freud – Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud . Read More...

16 May 2016

Tudor celebrations return to Blakesley Hall

From swordplay to Shakespeare, visitors for Blakesley Hall on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 May will be treated to a celebration of the historic house’s Tudor heritage, with re-enactments, living history, themed tours and interactive fun!

Throughout the two day event, visitors will enjoy seeing the Tudor property and its grounds repopulated by historic interpreters – from Tudor musicians recreating the sounds of the sixteenth century, to craftspeople and traders showing their wares in a living history encampment. There will also be an opportunity to get involved in Tudor life – learning to write with a quill, dance a Pavane or even take a role in recreating one of the battle scenes from Shakespeare’s classic play, Henry V! Read More...

13 May 2016

May Spring Bank Holiday events at Birmingham Museums

Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June 2016

Walk like an Egyptian to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery this Spring Bank for a pharaoh-style life-after-death experience that includes studying mummy X-rays, building a pyramid and handling objects left in tombs for the long journey to the ‘afterlife’. There will even be a chance to find out what a mummy smells like, help create a giant collage sarcophagus and watch a mummification magic show. Read More...