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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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14 Dec 2016

Win a Festive Afternoon Tea for Two

To celebrate Christmas at Birmingham Museums we’re giving you the chance to win a festive afternoon tea for two at the Edwardian Tearooms.

Launched as part of Edwardian Tearooms's new winter menu, the afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches; prawn and avocado, smoked chicken and salad, turkey, stuffing and cranberry, and salmon with dill mayonnaise. Served up with traditional mince pies, alongside fresh scones, cranberry jam and clotted cream, this will tantalise your tastebuds… and your sweet tooth! Read More...

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7 Dec 2016

Really Wild Restoration: Part 1

Recently, the Birmingham Museums Trust conservation department have been carrying out a lot of work on the zoology collection, in preparation for an expansion of the natural history displays at Thinktank in spring 2017.

It has not been an uncommon sight to see the conservation laboratory filled with feathered, furry, or scaly creatures of all shapes and sizes. One of the specimens recently worked upon is a wild boar with an interesting history. Read More...

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5 Dec 2016

Introduction to Birmingham Manufactures

Greetings from the Birmingham Manufactures camp! We are a brand new project funded by Arts Council England's Designation Development Fund  to increase knowledge and documentation on the wonderful manufacturing history of Birmingham, aka ‘The City of a Thousand Trades’. Both Tessa Chynoweth (Research Assistant) and I (Sophie Misson, Documentation Assistant) will be giving regular blog post to give insight into what we’re doing and all of the exciting objects we come across.

Manufacturing and industry are central to Birmingham’s history; shaping individual lives and the geography of the city as much as the reputation of the place. Although Birmingham’s history as a centre of industrial production (particularly of metalwork) goes back to the medieval period, Birmingham achieved global significance through its leading role in the economic, social and political changes associated with the Industrial Revolution. Birmingham Museums owe much to this industrial heritage. Not only was the museum collection designed to inspire the local artisan population and raise the quality and design of workmanship in Birmingham, but was itself the product of investment of local manufacturing firms – most notably, perhaps, Richard and George Tangye, Birmingham-based engineers whose philanthropy was an important aspect of the instigation of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as well as the School of Art. Read More...

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30 Nov 2016

Art Deco on the Railways – A New Streamlined Age

During the 1930s a new style of visual art swept across the globe influencing the worlds of art and architecture. This new style also impacted the railways and locomotive design, including our fantastic “City of Birmingham” locomotive here at Thinktank.

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21 Nov 2016

Starting as a Cultural Intern at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Hello! My name is Harriet Aldridge and I am the Cultural Intern at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG). I recently graduated with a First degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham, and am keen to kick-start my career in the heritage sector.

For my internship I am based with the exhibitions and design team at BMAG, where I am helping with the development and installation of several exhibitions. I am thrilled to be working with exhibitions officer Katie Hall (previous Cultural Intern) and Lisa Beauchamp, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The main project I have been working on during my first few weeks is preparing for the instalment of Night in the Museum , an exhibition curated by artist Ryan Gander.  Read More...

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7 Nov 2016

Conservation for Night in the Museum

In anticipation of Night in the Museum coming to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in November, the Museum’s conservation team has been preparing a selection of works from Birmingham’s collection, which have been selected by exhibition curator Ryan Gander, for display alongside works from the Arts Council collection.

Whilst some of these selected works are currently on public display elsewhere in the galleries, others are at present housed in the Museum’s various stores. Read More...

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17 Oct 2016

A summer of Pokémon

Following on from the success of the first BMAG Pokémon Hunt we decided to run some more Pokémon Go events throughout the summer holidays. As all our Wednesday activities during the summer were wildlife themed we decided that Wednesday was the right day to get people hunting Pokémon too.

As the first Pokémon hunt had worked so well we decided to keep the format the same. One thing that had proven particularly popular, with adults and children, were the badges that people earned by taking great pictures or catching a Pokémon that nobody else had caught yet. We decided to make a whole series of badges so that we could give away a different one at each event. This would provide a reward for those who returned and encourage other to come back for future events. We are indebted to our colleague Matt whose Photoshop skills made our badges look so good. By the final event we had a number of regular visitors proudly displaying a full set of badges. Read More...

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10 Oct 2016

Ganesha in Birmingham

The elephant-headed god Ganesha (Ganesh) forms an important part of the Hindu faith and is worshipped by almost all Hindus, both in the temple and at home. Most temples in the UK have a statue of him, often made in India and transported here. 

In Birmingham, the Hindu faith is practiced by around 22,000 people with temples found across the city.  Read More...

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23 Sep 2016

Faith Gallery Award Winners

In February this year we launched our band new Faith in Birmingham Gallery, created following a year of dedicated work by our team of Faith Working Group Volunteers. Their journey in the creation of the gallery is well documented on the blog .

Since opening the gallery has received over 58,000 visitors and hosted numerous events celebrating Eid, Islamic Awareness Week, Turban Tying, Buddha Day, International Women’s Day and Inter-Faith gatherings.  Read More...

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20 Sep 2016

A New Gallery for Thinktank

For anyone who’s visited Thinktank, chances are you’ve come across Kids’ City, a gallery designed for with the under-8s in mind. Kids’ City is one of the most popular areas in Thinktank and you’ll generally find it full of families exploring the health centre or café, dressing up, or playing in the water area.

With Kids’ City being so popular, Birmingham Museums staff are planning to develop a new, larger, gallery building on the ideas and themes of Kids’ City, but with much more space and more to do! ‘MiniBrum’, as the planned gallery is being called so far, will feature plenty of hands-on activities combined with fascinating items from the museum collections, and will be designed to allow the under-7s to explore along with older siblings and adults, to learn about the body, the city, and the environment. Read More...