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23 Mar 2021

Volunteer Views: The Tommy & Grace of Aston Hall

This pair of portraits is of a very handsome couple, Sir Thomas Holte (1571-1654) 1st Baronet of Aston Hall and Grace Bradbourne, wife of Thomas Holte.
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15 Mar 2021

Volunteering During Lockdown

My name is Rachel, and I have been volunteering with Birmingham Museum Trust for three years.
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8 Mar 2021

Volunteer Views: The Nine Worthies

The frieze in the Great Dining Room at Aston Hall has always captured my interest.
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1 Mar 2021

Volunteer Views: Dragonflies

Hi everyone, back in August and September last year I shared a little bit about my experiences of exploring nature and photographing butterflies and birds in My Big Brum BioBlitz  and My Big Brum BioBlitz Take Two  blog posts.
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15 Feb 2021

Volunteer Views: St Andrew Praying before his Martyrdom

I was so very excited to return to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) as a visitor when it reopened in October for a month, the visit confirmed for me that my favourite space is most definitely still the 17th Art Gallery.
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25 Aug 2020

Volunteer Views: Digital Encounters During Lockdown

For many of us, lockdown has been a time of digital discovery, and volunteers on the Artist Research Team have been online too investigating the personalities behind works in Birmingham’s collection.
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22 Jun 2020

Volunteer Views: The Commonwealth Graves Lockdown Project 2

As you will have seen in our previous blog post we have been on a journey to visiting different Commonwealth War Graves sites around Lichfield which has led us to wonder what stories these stones could tell.
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19 Jun 2020

Volunteer Views: The Commonwealth Graves Lockdown Project 1

One solitary gravestone, in a quiet churchyard, was to mark the beginning of a lockdown journey of discovery.
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6 Jun 2020

Volunteer Views: Arts and Crafts and Modernism in Glass by Florence Camm

One of the stars of the Industrial Gallery and especially popular with Pre-Raphaelite fans visiting Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, is the trio of Dante and Beatrice stained-glass windows by Florence Camm (1911), this exemplar of her beautifully detailed figure painting received international recognition.
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5 Jun 2020

Volunteer Views: The Sidereal Clock

One of my favourite objects in the Birmingham collection is the Sidereal Clock (sometimes called astronomical clock) by Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill.