5 Jun 2018

Volunteering at Soho House

Hi I’m Jack, I’ve been a volunteer at Soho House Museum for a couple of years now. I was inspired to volunteer by an open day held at Soho House which highlighted volunteer opportunities at all of Birmingham Museums Trust’s sites.

It is such a privilege to be a volunteer here where the sense of history is ever present and the staff are so friendly and supportive. It is such an important site, in my opinion, for four reasons: Read More...

3 Jun 2018

Volunteering at Aston Hall 2018

Hi, I’m Gayle and I have been a volunteer Heritage Interpreter at Aston Hall since April 2014. I was very proud to receive my three year service award last Christmas.


1 Jun 2018

Suffrage Flag in Birmingham

We are delighted to be hosting the Suffrage Flag at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery today as it travels the country on a national tour.

Organised by the Civil Service the flag has so far travelled around different government departments, Wales and has even spent the day with our friends at Birmingham City Council earlier in the week. Read More...

1 Jun 2018

Happy Volunteers’ Week 2018!

From the 1st June to the 7th June it is National Volunteers’ Week; a special week in the year when we really shout out about all the amazing work of our volunteers and say a huge thank you for their support, passion and dedication.

But volunteering across Birmingham Museums doesn’t just happen during this one week of the year, our team support us every month to enhance what we are able to do and we are so lucky to have them. They really do make a massive difference. Our team work behind the scenes, mill, garden, engage visitors, support projects and much, much more. But don’t just hear about it from me; this week we have three new blogs coming up and you can find out about volunteering at Aston Hall from Gayle, learn about what it is like to welcome visitors to Soho House from Jack and discover about Deminder’s role as a Youth Art Competition Assistant. Read More...

31 May 2018

Buddha Day 2018

Last Saturday we were delighted to host the annual Buddha Day event here in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The Museum has hosted Buddha Day for around 15 years and it is always an incredibly special day for us and for the Faith Gallery. 

The day is timed to coincide with the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama, who would one day become known as Buddha, which this year was around 22nd May (the date varies depending on the denomination of Buddhism). Read More...

28 May 2018

An Unusual Delivery - The Day Birmingham Received a Dinosaur

Excitement has been growing leading up to the arrival of The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, who has taken a road trip to Birmingham. However, back in 1955 it was the arrival of the skull of another dinosaur to Birmingham which was making the news. This was a Triceratops skull which had been acquired from the American Museum of Natural History, and was discovered in 1908 in the Badlands of centre Montana.


18 May 2018

School Residency Project with Hall Green Primary School

Birmingham Museums Trust has started an exciting new Schools in Residence project working with local schools to help them engage and connect with their local history.

At Sarehole Mill we have worked closely with Hall Green primary school for a number of years and so we invited them to be our first School in Residence. Read More...

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9 May 2018

Story LAB 2 - The Shaping of an Exhibition

How do you attempt to define as broad a theme as “Body Image”? The answer turns out to be not so much defining it but combining ideas between the collaborative minds of 8 people, each with their own unique interpretations and ready to bring refreshing perspectives to light... within just 10 weeks!

As complete strangers (headed by our Story LAB leaders, Hannah Graham and Rachael Minott of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) we jumped in at the “brain dump” stage: the safe zone for all prospective ideas and subjects of discussion. The boundaries were soon to be redefined in both the minor and the extreme with a show vs tell introduction to storytelling by Fran, outlining a fluidity and ease in conveying more intense and visually challenging themes. There began the foundations on which to recreate a similar impact with our own stories, evolving from the literal writings (pinned) on the wall into how we could crack the shell of what we really wanted to present within the exhibition. Themes raging from colourism to the regeneration of cells, the interconnecting effects of the body and mind to ageing, gender roles and disability, became our platform as to how far we could go to engage with each other’s expression of Body Image and still leave it open to the wider interpretation of others. Read More...

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30 Apr 2018

Birmingham Manufactures Project: Photographing our Machines

The Birmingham Manufactures Project is nearing its end. We have looked at jewellery, toys, custard, buttons, buckles, bricks, brass, coins, electroplating, pens, pots, papier mâché, tools, beer mats, printing blocks and quite a lot of other things. We have taken the time to look carefully at all kinds of objects, and we have learned a little bit about the manufacturing history of Birmingham from each of them. These things were all made in Birmingham, and they all live on shelves and in boxes in our Museum Collections Centre. Most of the things we have talked about so far have been objects that you can hold in your hand or move about on a little trolley.

However, anyone who has visited our Collection Centre will recall that some of the most exciting things in our collection are too big to hold in your hand, or even lift. Some of our objects are so big that they don’t fit in most of our buildings. We have a steam hammer that requires a crane to move and a machine that polishes giant lighthouse lenses. We have lots of slightly smaller machines from factories and workshops around the city. We even have the machines that made some of the thousands of tiny objects in our collections! Read More...

27 Apr 2018

Collecting Birmingham: Mrs Eunice McGhie-Belgrave MBE

I am Paramjit Sehmi and I have been volunteering for Collecting Birmingham archiving and documenting some amazing acquisitions. Indeed, The Collecting Birmingham project has acquired some precious gems which I'm lucky to have had the pleasure of exploring.

One such example is the truly fascinating collection of objects donated by Mrs Eunice McGhie-Belgrave MBE. The overall aim of the Collecting Birmingham project is to highlight the significance of people, and the stories of their lives in Birmingham and Eunice’s story certainly fits this brief. Read More...