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26 Jul 2019

Mayor of MiniBrum crowned

MiniBrum, Thinktank’s new interactive mini-city attraction, now has its very own Mayor!

Poppy, aged 7 from Stratford-upon-Avon, was crowned the Mayor of MiniBrum by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mohammed Azim and Lady Mayoress, Miss Bushra Bi, at a ceremony this week. 

Poppy won a competition, ran by Birmingham What's On, which marked the opening of MiniBrum at Thinktank in May. On her visit with her family, Poppy talked excitedly to the Lord Mayor about the responsibilities of her new role, and after his advice is feeling confident about taking the city of MiniBrum forward. 

MiniBrum is a child-sized city at Thinktank for under 8s where the children are in charge. It features recognisable landmarks, such as the Birmingham canals, Selfridges and the Old Joe Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham. 

Children can explore and question their understanding of the world around them through the different zones, including a transport area, shops, a park, a salon with dress up and styling areas and a construction site with slide. There are also specifically designed sensory areas for babies.

Through play, the city gives children the confidence to think like scientists in real-life scenarios where they can test their ideas, problem solve and be creative. 

Poppy enjoyed exploring MiniBrum and even went down the slide in her Mayor’s hat and chain! The new Mayor of MiniBrum and her family, mother Louise, father Dave and brother Joe, then visited the rest of Thinktank, including the outdoor science garden, the 4K Planetarium and the Signal Box Cafe. 

The ceremony was also attended by Janine Eason, Director of Engagement at Birmingham Museums Trust, and Laurence Butler and Francesca DeRosa, who are both part of Birmingham Museums Trust’s learning team and worked on the MiniBrum project. 

Entry to MiniBrum is included in the ticket price to Thinktank. To find out more about Thinktank, visit: www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank.

MiniBrum is a £2.1million project which has been backed by funders, including support from the Inspiring Science Fund, which is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome. Other major funders include Millennium Point Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation (DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund), Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and lead sponsor Mott Macdonald.

Further supporters include The 29th May 1961 Charity, Birmingham Museums Trust Patrons, The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust, City of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Development Trust, The Rowlands Charitable Trust, The Michael Marsh Charitable Trust, The Kirby Laing Foundation, The Clara E Burgess Charity, The Grimmitt Trust and An00bis Gaming.

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