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17 Aug 2015

Birmingham Museums Conservation Volunteers Shortlisted for Award

In July it was announced that the Conservation Volunteer team has been shortlisted for the prestigious Conservation in the Community Award from the Institute for Conservation (ICON).

I was very happy to hear the news because I co-ordinated the application for this award by working with the other conservators at Birmingham Museums, and I was particularly pleased for all our dedicated volunteers. The prize of £5000 would be a boost to allow us to provide more training opportunities for our volunteers. Read More...

5 Jun 2015

Happy Volunteers Week!

Volunteers Week is always one of my favourite weeks of the year and 2015 was no different. Any week dedicated to celebrating the fantastic work that volunteers do is a winner in my books.

As with any week, our volunteers have been busy as ever; we’ve had Emma our Collections Assistant working on our human remains collection. Read More...

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27 Apr 2015

Volunteer research into William Morris fabric chair

Hi my name is Carol a sixty something happily retired and having a great time volunteering for Birmingham Museums Trust. This is my second year as a volunteer helping out at Blakesley Hall, a little black and white gem a short walk from the number eleven bus route. Amazingly it was here that I had the chance to design and make a Tudor jacket, it was during the hot Summer when I became Teddy Nurse for the day, the story of which turned into my first blog.


17 Apr 2015

Planting and Weeding at Blakesley Hall

All in a day’s work for our University of Birmingham volunteers…

The Birmingham University Conservation Volunteers are a society that aims to help in the conservation efforts taking place around Birmingham and take part in enjoyable, practical outdoor tasks. We are able to go to various green areas, nature reserves and parks all around Birmingham, where we get involved in activities from litter-picking to tree-planting. We were lucky enough to be invited to Blakesley Hall by Alex Nicholson-Evans, as part of Student Volunteering Week, to take part in the gardening activities going on that Wednesday afternoon at the Hall. Read More...

26 Feb 2015

A Day in the Life of a Volunteer

I have been working at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) as a member of the Visitor Assistant Team for almost three years. After completing my undergraduate degree in Art History it was exciting to start work in a building that houses such a magnificent fine art collection. That is why I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer with Victoria Osborne, Fine Art Curator at Birmingham Museums Trust. 

The role is one day a week, which fits in with my rather busy schedule (in addition to working at BMAG I work at Research and Cultural Collections at the University of Birmingham as Exhibitions Assistant, as well as currently studying for my MA in Art History) and so far I have learnt a great deal. Read More...

23 Feb 2015

Student Volunteering Week 2015

This week is National Student Volunteering Week and we have a whole host of things going on to celebrate the fantastic contribution students make to our organisation through volunteering! 

We have University of Birmingham students joining us for a garden volunteering project at Blakesley Hall and we have a blog coming out from one of our current student volunteers; our Fine Art Curator’s Assistant.  Also, we are at Aston University talking about our current volunteering opportunities and we have a group of year 9 students from Handsworth Wood Girls school joining us to find out about working and volunteering in museums! Read More...

13 Feb 2015

Meet the Mummy: Part 2

The coffin that Namenkhetamun rests in provides many talking points; not only does it provide us with a name, it also offers insight into the Egyptian mummification and burial processes. 

As mentioned in the previous blog about Namenkhetamun’s personal history, we know that the mummy contained within the coffin is not who it was built for... Read More...

3 Feb 2015

Waterwheel Restoration at Sarehole Mill

The waterwheel at Sarehole Mill, is suffering from the ravages of time. Its timbers are perishing, the buckets are leaking, and in some areas, non-existent. Consequently power to drive the grinding stones is being lost. Total replacement, is therefore essential, to keep the mill going as a working mill.

A small group of us volunteer millers offered to undertake the necessary repairs. However before we were let loose on the wheel we were given a days instruction on how to replace the buckets. This was given by two experienced millers, John Bedington and Mick Forbes. They showed how to remove old timbers and replace them and importantly they reminded us of the necessary health and safety requirements. Read More...

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28 Jan 2015

Meet the Mummy: Namenkhetamun

My name is Sarah Banner and I am a proud volunteer at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. As a recent graduate of photography and having experience in writing, I have been given the very exciting opportunity of documenting the past, present and future of a valuable piece of the museums’ Ancient Egypt collection, the mummy Namenkhetamun.