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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

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Allan
7 Jun 2017

Volunteering at Sarehole Mill

Hi I’m Allan. I have been a volunteer Miller at Sarehole Mill since early 2013. I was initially inspired to become a volunteer at the Mill when I attended a local forum where a talk was being given by a member of staff from the Mill on the restoration program that was currently in progress. It was stated that they were looking for volunteers to be trained as Millers, to be ready for the opening on Easter Sunday 2013. Having now retired from work, and having a keen interest in baking bread, the idea of being able to mill my own flour was too good an opportunity to miss. So here I am a fully trained veteran in the world of corn milling!

As a Miller, my role is to get the machinery ready for milling. Put the grain into the hopper above the millstones, open up the penstocks to allow the water from the millpond to flow onto the waterwheel, and start the milling process. During milling, the grain feed, and the gap between the stones has to be constantly monitored and amended accordingly, to ensure fine flour is produced. Read More...

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5 Jun 2017

Volunteering with the Curators

Hi, I’m Claire and I have been volunteering for Birmingham Museums for close to three years in various ways; at Weoley Castle, Blakesley Hall and perhaps the most intriguing of which is as a Curator’s Assistant to the History Curator working with the Sound Archive at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

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3 Jun 2017

Volunteering at Thinktank

Hi, I’m Sajida and I've been volunteering at Thinktank for around six months now. I began volunteering as an Exhibition Interpreter with the start of the exhibition ‘Mechanical Things’ which showcased machines from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as the car itself! The exhibition also displayed other mechanical machines of Rowland Emett, the man who created the inventions for the movie. I really enjoyed volunteering for this exhibition and met some amazing people along the way. When the exhibition ended at the beginning of March, I decided to continue my volunteering at Thinktank as a Heritage Interpreter.

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1 Jun 2017

Happy Volunteers Week 2017!

From the 1st June to the 7th June it is National Volunteers’ Week; that time of the year when we really celebrate the wonderful work of all our volunteers and say a massive thank you for their time and dedication.

Our team get up to all sorts of fun things from working behind the scenes with our collections to gardening and from engaging visitors at our sites to supporting new projects and we wanted to get some of them to tell you all about it! So this week we have three new blogs coming up meaning you can hear from Sajida about volunteering at Thinktank, learn about Allan’s experience volunteering as a Miller at Sarehole Mill and discover what it’s like volunteering with our Curator’s from Claire. Read More...

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23 Feb 2017

Volunteering with Ignite Take Two

Howdy y’all, Becky here! I’ve been part of Birmingham Museums’ Youth Forum Ignite for over a year, and I’ve got up to some pretty amazing things during that time. Here are my top four events which are sure to delight & astonish.

In at number 4 is…Film making For our film project, we chose an object worthy of screen time. My group settled on the statue of Lucifer by Epstein; it is such an interesting piece. For example, did you know that the statue is comprised of a male body and female head? It creates a very ethereal feel to Lucifer, and captured our imagination. So, our film would focus on Lucifer, but what else? This was a question we pondered for an age (about ten minutes), until suddenly, like a spark of inspiration, it hit us! (Not literally of course) We used lines from Milton’s Paradise Lost, as Epstein was inspired by the epic poem. A few members of the unsuspecting, but terribly obliging, public were interviewed and they all loved Lucifer, as do I! Read More...

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22 Feb 2017

Volunteering at Weoley Castle

Last September, I arrived in England from Southern California to pursue a Master’s degree in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham, a choice which most of my family and friends viewed as slightly insane. Well before I actually arrived here (about two years ago) I began looking into volunteering opportunities with the Birmingham Museums Trust, as my ultimate goal is a career in the heritage sector. So when I got an email about a role in Conservation Club role, I immediately responded, and arranged to meet with Becky, the Volunteer Development Team Leader. In the course of our chat she brought to my attention the Castle Keepers group at Weoley Castle, and suggested that it might be an even better fit for me. As it turns out, it’s been a much better fit than I think either of us realized at the time!

As a member of the Castle Keepers, I get to touch Medieval history in a way that I would never have been able to back in California. Although Weoley Castle is a ruin, there is still so much fascinating information to be gained from the site. It came as a surprise to me, not being a particularly outdoors-y person, how immensely satisfying it is to simply remove the omnipresent moss from the stones of the castle and preserve the stones for years to come. Read More...

Beth
21 Feb 2017

Volunteering at Aston Hall 2017

My name is Beth and I am part of a lovely group of volunteers at Aston Hall, a historic mansion built by the intriguing Sir Thomas Holte. Giving my time to help provide tours to visitors is both an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 

When I first started my volunteering at the Hall I was keen to get to know the facts and stories about the building and its history before jumping in at the deep end and giving full tours. I was able to wander the beautiful state rooms, navigate around the servant’s quarters and really learn what it would have been like to live and work in this impressive home. I then took up posts in different sections of the Hall, talking to visitors who wished to stroll through the rooms and answer any questions they had about aspects of the house. I enjoy engaging with visitors and conversing with people who share my passion for the early modern period. Read More...

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20 Feb 2017

Student Volunteer Week 2017

This week is National Student Volunteer Week; the time of the year when we really shout out about all our wonderful team members who are also busy studying while they volunteer with us.

To celebrate Student Volunteer Week we are announcing our Student Volunteer of the Year for 2017. This year’s winner has volunteered with us for over a year and a half and is an incredibly valued member of our Young People’s Forum, Ignite, always going above and beyond to support Birmingham Museums. So congratulations to Becky Smith and a huge thank you from Birmingham Museums for all your time, hard work and dedication to volunteering with us. Read More...

Khadiza
10 Jun 2016

Volunteering at Aston Hall

Hi I’m Khadiza and I am a Heritage Interpreter at Aston Hall. I have been volunteering at the Hall since the start of the season and I have enjoyed every second of it. I am fascinated by history and love visiting sites of historical interest and being a Heritage Interpreter provides me an opportunity to connect with history in a different way. Being a university student can be very stressful (deadlines and exams!) and I relieve my stress by volunteering in this lovely environment.

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7 Jun 2016

Volunteering in Conservation

I’m Ayesha and I have been volunteering at Birmingham Museums for around one and a half years. I first began volunteering as a Silver Project Conservation Assistant at the end of 2014. I have written about this in my previous blog.

This year the Silver Project moved to the Museum Collections Centre (MCC) to work on the silver collection stored at this site which has been very exciting. There is a massive mixture of objects at MCC; during the walk to where the other volunteers and I work, I pass a piano, huge bits of machinery and motors, several taxidermy moose (plus a bear, birds and foxes), furniture, and vehicles among so many more objects that if I listed them we would be here for a very long time. As we are now based in MCC, and the objects are accessioned we need to be more thorough with the information we record, so that if need be changes can be made to the collection database. Read More...