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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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16 Sep 2016

Disabled Access Day at Thinktank

Thinktank, as with all of our Birmingham Museums sites, has always aimed to make the museum and its collection as accessible to all our visitors as possible. We aim to offer an enlightening and fun packed day out for the family. From steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays related to science and technology over four floors. We also have hands-on exhibits and historical collections, showing the science of the world all around us, including the Science Garden, Planetarium and an exciting programme of events and activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

This was Thinktank’s first year in getting involved with Disabled Access Day. We found out about Disabled Access Day from the Euan's Guide e-bulletin, and knew it was an event we would love to get involved in. Read More...

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9 Sep 2016

Visualise - New Mentoring Programme for Young Visual Artists in Birmingham

To celebrate Birmingham’s Year of Arts and Young People, Birmingham Museums is launching Visualise, an exciting new Mentoring Programme for Birmingham-based visual artists aged 18 – 25 and funded by Birmingham City Council. 

We are looking for 10 young artists to be mentored by professional artists Colin Yates and Benny Semp, and work towards their Arts Award Silver. At the end of the programme one artist will be granted a bursary of £1000 to create a piece of art and given the opportunity to display their work at Birmingham Museums. Read More...

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8 Sep 2016

Visit to the Arts Council Collection at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On Wednesday 17th August, 22 Birmingham Museums staff got on a coach to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see the Night in the Museum exhibition and visit the Arts Council Collection team based there. This is all in preparation for Night in the Museum coming to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in November, which also launches our three year programme of exhibitions with the Arts Council Collection as part of their National Partners Programme.

We had people from all over the museum on the trip – curatorial, exhibitions, retail, marketing, PR, development, collections, technical, learning, commercial, front of house and engagement. It felt a bit like organising a school trip as we checked everyone on our list was on the coach before we set off! Read More...

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31 Aug 2016

Stepping into Health: Thinktank’s Summer Fitness Challenge

It’s that time again, the sun is here, and there is a great summer of sportfull of inspiring and amazing athletes. Then someone mentions that we should get out more and do some exercise, but if you’re anything like me you feel an inward groan and have a face looking like this: 

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27 Jul 2016

BMAG Pokémon Hunt

A couple of weeks ago I started playing Pokémon Go along with a few of my colleagues. We were immediately hooked and weren’t surprised when it began to make news headlines around the world. The game uses GPS to allow you to explore real world locations looking for virtual Pokémon which you can then catch and collect. It also utilises your phone’s camera to make those virtual creatures appear in the real world. It was this feature that really appealed to us at the museum and the idea to run a Pokémon event within the building was born.

The museum has a number of advantages for people who want to play the game. We have several in game PokeStops located around our building which players can use to replenish their supplies or place lures. One of these stops is our own bridge (the rather amusingly titled ‘Antiquated transport link’). Another major advantage we have is free WiFi throughout the building so players don’t have to eat into their mobile data. We also provide a safe environment for people to play. This is important as one concern that has been raised about the game is the issue of child safety and that the game could be used to lure people into danger. Hopefully by playing within the museum we can allow people to focus on the fun aspects of the game. Our aim was to come up with an event that could take advantage of these assets and get as many people as possible interacting with the galleries in a new way. My colleague, Edd Thomas, and I were tasked with putting together this event. Read More...

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18 Jul 2016

Matthew Boulton’s bath (or miniature swimming pool!)

In Georgian times baths and toilets were not as we know them today, baths were much like those used in the 1930’s and 40’s, a tin bath filled by hand and possibly used by more than one family member, then emptied by hand, by the servants if you were wealthy enough to employ them, if not it probably fell to the wife to do it.

Toilets were in most cases a pot under the bed, or a non-flushing box style, both emptied by the servants, it was usually a small room at the back of the house, by the servants quarters, the urine was usually keep in a large container outside, as urine was used for many things, including cleaning and medical use, more on this at a later date. Read More...

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6 Jul 2016

Love Your Neighbour

Birmingham Museums Trust welcomes visitors from all ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. 

We are profoundly committed to tolerance and respect for differing cultural traditions. Our vision is to Reflect Birmingham to the world, and the world to Birmingham. We want everyone to feel welcome in all the museums we care for, and in our city. Read More...

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23 Jun 2016

Take Part in Research at Thinktank: Construction Game

Here at Thinktank we are committed to contributing to and supporting research lead by our local Universities. We do this in a number of ways, by welcoming researchers on to our galleries to run Meet the Expert events, creating opportunities for writing about science and, most importantly, carrying out research in the museum.

On 16th and 17th of July, Eva Reindl from the Cognitive Development Research Team from the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, is conducting research at Thinktank.  Read More...

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20 Jun 2016

Ignite: Films Inspired by Museum Objects

Ignite is Birmingham Museums’ Young People’s Forum for 16-24 year olds. Running for nearly four years Ignite have worked on a wide variety of projects, from creating exhibitions, running tours and making films. Film making is a topic they have returned to several times. Their first film, Ignite: The Planet In Our Hands , featured the Government Science Advisor Mark Waldport and the topic of climate change.

For this project Ignite explored Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery looking for objects or galleries that interested them enough to feature in a short film.  Read More...

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14 Jun 2016

Dementia Café at Soho House

Late last year, Birmingham Museums Trust Community Engagement Officer Rosie Barker arranged training for all staff with the charity Dementia Friends. The session wasn’t delivered by a professional, but rather a volunteer who had personally been affected by Dementia. I found the session incredibly enlightening. One thing in particular stood out - the metaphor of someone’s memory being much like a bookcase. Your earliest memories are at the bottom, the most recent at the top. If you have Dementia your bookcase has a tendency to be quite wobbly and sometimes the books at the top fall off. Hearing this suddenly clicked everything into place and I came away from the session determined to improve access for those with Dementia at the site I work at, Soho House.

I had a chat with Rosie and Michelle Morris, a Museum Enabler who had attended access training ;relating to a health and wellbeing programme called ‘Coffee, Cake and Culture’. Rosie provided guidance and was able to use the community engagement budget for resources and refreshments, meaning Soho House could offer each café completely free of charge. Read More...