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...

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18 Mar 2019

Thinktank announced as partners in national programme to encourage more diversity in science

Thinktank has been selected as one of the partners for a new national programme to increase diversity and inclusion in science. 

Thinktank is one of just 15 science centres and museums nationally who will be delivering initiatives as part of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and the Science Museum Group's ‘Science Capital in Practice’ programme. This programme is part of the Science Museum Group Academy, which focuses on embedding good practice informed by the latest science capital research, to enable children and adults from a more diverse range of backgrounds to participate in science-related experiences. Read More...

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12 Mar 2019

My time as a PR Assistant at Birmingham Museums Trust

Hi! I’m Kat and I’m a final year philosophy student at the University of Birmingham. I’m pretty clueless about post-graduation life but after being a PR Intern at BMT, things are becoming a little bit clearer.

Spending one day a week in our BMAG office has been ‘productive procrastination’, allowing me to occasionally run away from my degree yet still do something hugely worthwhile. Studying philosophy means often writing about abstract concepts and unlikely ethical situations. As much as I love that, it’s nice to come to BMAG and be a little more grounded in reality – even if some of the exhibitions are pretty quirky!  Read More...

30 Jan 2019

Birmingham Museums is saddened to learn of the death of Kane Walker.

Birmingham Museums is saddened to learn of the death of Kane Walker. Kane was the subject of a piece of art featured in our Inspire 18 youth art competition over the summer last year.

Artist Oliver (aged 18) wrote in the accompanying label:“This is 'Kane' you may have seen him by Birmingham markets sitting on the pavement, he is homeless. He designed this piece by telling me what he wanted to express. It is a project I’m doing called 'Don’t be Artless', I attempt to give the homeless a voice through art.” Read More...

12 Dec 2018

Rachel Maclean to curate Too Cute! at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in January 2019

Saturday 26th January to Sunday 12th May 2019

Artist and filmmaker Rachel Maclean will curate a major exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Too Cute!, opening on 26th January 2019. Read More...

7 Dec 2018

Birmingham Museums 2018 Christmas gift list

Finding the perfect gift for the special people in your life can be tricky, but if you’re still looking for that ideal present, we’ve got you covered with our bespoke Birmingham Museums range. 

Support Birmingham Museums by adding these fantastic gifts to your Christmas shopping list! It couldn’t be easier – browse and buy online or take a festive trip to one of our sites to pick up a unique present that will impress on Christmas morning.  Read More...

22 Nov 2018

Staffordshire Hoard Helmets Revealed for Public Display

Birmingham Museums Trust and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent have today revealed two reconstructions of a magnificent helmet contained within the Staffordshire Hoard.

Experts studied thousands of incredibly rare fragments - believed to be more than 1,300 years old - to build a picture of the original helmet. They then spent 18 months using both cutting-edge technology and ancient craft techniques to make stunning replicas of the internationally-important find. Read More...

20 Nov 2018

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Redevelopment Postponed

Birmingham City Council are proposing to reschedule their modernisation works on the Council House complex until after the Commonwealth Games in 2022. This will mean that Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will no longer be closing in late 2019.

This does not change our ambitions to redevelop the museum. We will continue to plan the new displays and public facilities so that work can begin onsite sometime after 2022. Read More...

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9 Nov 2018

Award success for Birmingham Museums’ Collecting Birmingham project

A three-year project that empowered the people of Birmingham to take an active role in developing the collection at Birmingham Museums Trust has been recognised with an award from the Museums Association.

Collecting Birmingham was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and engaged with residents from inner city Birmingham, giving them a central role in deciding which new objects Birmingham Museums should collect to better reflect the city’s diversity and heritage. Read More...