7 Jun 2019

National Charity Award Win for Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museums Trust has been crowned the Overall Winner of Excellence at The Charity Awards 2019 for its Collecting Birmingham project, which empowered the people of Birmingham to take an active role in developing the city’s museum collection.

The Charity Awards is the Civil Society Media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity. It is the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector. Read More...

30 May 2019

Birmingham Museums Trust Images made available via new online system

Last year Birmingham Museums took the decision to make images from its out-of-copyright collections freely available under a Creative Commons CC0 licence. Now the Trust is making images easier to access via a new digital asset management system (DAMS), which manages the digital media assets and enables images to be shared online.

In the first year of free access, over 100 academics and researchers have used Birmingham Museums’ images for research and publication at no cost. With the new system in place the Trust expects an even greater take up, as people can now search and download images themselves at Read More...

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23 May 2019

MiniBrum leads May Half Term fun at Birmingham Museums

MiniBrum leads the half term at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum  as children can explore their very own mini city. The excitement continues across Birmingham Museums Trust with a celebration of James Watt’s development of the steam engine at Soho House and a week of Staffordshire Hoard themed happenings at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG). 

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21 May 2019

MiniBrum arrives at Thinktank

MiniBrum, a major new mini city space where children are in charge, will open to the public at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, on Saturday 25 May.

This exciting, interactive child-sized world has been created in collaboration with schools, families and community groups, and features recognisable landmarks, such as the Birmingham canals, Selfridges and the Old Joe Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham. MiniBrum may be smaller than Birmingham itself, but the permanent gallery can accommodate up to 300 people in its 900m2 space. Read More...

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16 May 2019

The Natural History Museum’s Dippy on Tour announced as Partnership of the Year at Museums and Heritage Awards 2019

The Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure’ has won the Partnership of the Year award at the Museums and Heritage Awards 2019, and the team from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery have joined in the celebrations as one of the host venues.

The awards celebrate innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions across the UK and overseas. There were 14 categories awarded on the night, of which the Natural History Museum was nominated for three. Read More...

26 Apr 2019

Last chance to see Leonardo da Vinci drawings in Birmingham

Ahead of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death on Thursday 2 May, visitors are encouraged not to miss the display of 12 drawings by the Renaissance master currently on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) until Monday 6 May. 

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing has seen over 77,000 visitors since it opened in the city in February. The exhibition is part of a nationwide event by Royal Collection Trust to mark the anniversary with 12 simultaneous exhibitions spanning the UK. Read More...

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17 Apr 2019

Ticket release for Black Sabbath – 50 years exhibition


"It’s an honour to be a part of the Home of Metal. I am just a guy from Birmingham who’s been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I’ve always said ‘I am nothing without them’.” Ozzy Osbourne Read More...

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2 Apr 2019

Have a cracking time at Birmingham Museums this Easter holiday

Spring is here, and Birmingham Museums has a whole host of fun ways to celebrate the Easter holidays with the family. Travel to space in Thinktank’s new planetarium and discover mythical beasts and fantastic creatures at Aston Hall, and much much more!

Discover Thinktank’s amazing new 4K Planetarium from Saturday 13 April Read More...

27 Mar 2019

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery celebrates boost in visitor figures

Birmingham Museums is celebrating as visitor figures released today by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) reveal that over 831,500 people visited Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) last year, after a bumper year of exhibitions, events and displays. 

Last year’s figures are an increase of 38% on 2017 and showcase the popularity of hit exhibitions such as Dippy on Tour. Over a quarter of a million people flocked to Birmingham to see the Natural History Museum’s iconic exhibit, making Dippy on Tour the most popular temporary exhibition ever at BMAG.  Read More...

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26 Mar 2019

Birmingham Museums Trust plans for future following long-term lease agreement

Birmingham Museums Trust is planning its long-term future following agreement on a 25-year contract and leases with Birmingham City Council.

The Trust manages the city’s internationally important museum collection and nine museum venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The renewed agreement demonstrates the commitment to partnership between the two organisations, working together to deliver better services to citizens and visitors to the city. Birmingham Museums’ future plans include an ambitious capital programme that will see the redevelopment of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery as a 21st-century museum.  Read More...