Our venues


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World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

Photo thinktank

Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

Photo aston

Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

Photo blakesley

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

Photo jewellery

A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

Photo sarehole

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

Photo soho

Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

Photo weoley

The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160



The Conservation department is responsible for the care of Birmingham’s large and important collections that range from art to archaeology and from industry to ethnography.

Like most museums only a small percentage of the collections are on display at any one time as we simply do not have the space to display everything. The conservation team are based at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery but work across the Museums nine sites , with a focus on the Musueums Collection Centre where the majority of the collections are housed.

We care for our collections in two ways. Firstly we try to ensure that we store and display them in such a way as to minimise deterioration by controlling factors such as light, humidity and insects, we call this collections care. We also treat objects by cleaning and stabilising them so that they can be enjoyed by our visitors, we call this conservation.

Collection Care

We want to care for our collections so that they can be enjoyed by you today and by the next generations. All objects deteriorate over time so we try to reduce the factors that cause objects to decay. Examples of this type of work are monitoring for insect pests that will eat collections, reduce light to prevent fading and monitoring for pollutants that may cause tarnishing of metals.


If an object is in poor condition, dirty or broken then we need to clean and repair it before the object is displayed to enable visitors to understand and enjoy it. Examples of this type of work are the removal of a discoloured and dirty varnish layer from a painting or sticking an ivory ornament back together that has fallen apart due to the effects of heat and humidity causing it to crack and split.

Conservation, Advisory and Training Service

The conservation team offers a range of conservation services which are provided by our experienced and professional Teams, who have a breath of specialist and technical expertise, and full accreditation.

Find out more about the services that are available:

Other services include:

  • Object Conservation
  • Investigative Conservation and Analysis
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Studio and Equipment Hire
  • Environmental Analysis, Health and Safety
  • Loans and Exhibitions
  • Collections Surveys and Health Checks
  • Tours, Talks and Presentations

Contact us 

For more details or to discuss how we can help you, please phone the team on 0121 348 8210 or email BMTcons@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Useful Links

Find out more about the conservation profession:
Institute for Conservation (Icon)
International Council of Museums – Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC)
International Institute for Conservation
The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI)

Find a conservator / restorer: 
The Conservation Register

Caring for your own things:
Conserve O Grams

Information on conservation issues:
Conservation on Line (Cool)