Faith in Birmingham

Discover the many faiths that make up Birmingham’s rich and diverse community and explore how different faiths have influenced and shaped the city. Uncover sacred objects used in religious practice and explore the role of faith in places of worship, at home and within our journey through life.

Over 70 objects are on display, representing over 10 different faiths, including the iconic Sultanganj Buddha. The gallery focuses on the six main faith groups in Birmingham; Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. In 2017 we expanded the range of objects to represent the Baha’i, Jain, Rastafari, Mandaean and Pentecostal Christianity faiths, working closes with those communities.

The gallery development involved two years of consultation with faith groups and communities across Birmingham. The groups and individuals identified objects in our collection, and from further afield, to enable them to tell stories about their beliefs to other people.

Read the Faith in Birmingham blog posts .

Faith in Birmingham has been developed by working in partnership with the British Museum.

Finding Faith 2017 - 2018

We recently completed our Finding Faith programme, supported by the British Museum, which saw over 1,700 people take part across 22 events, ranging from panel discussions to music performances to children’s storytelling. 

Take a look at our highlight film (below) for a flavour of the programme.