Birmingham Museums On Demand gives you access to exclusive* digital content created by our in-house experts. Each monthly pass contains links to lectures and focus talks that have been developed for this new digital pass.

Your monthly pass will include

  • Two one-hour lectures
  • Two focus talks

Once you have purchased a pass for April, you will be sent a confirmation email with the links to access the content. You can enjoy this content from the day of purchase until 7th May 2021.

This month, you can enjoy:

Lecture 1 – The Pre Raphaelites: A Revolutionary Art, part one

Political upheaval and revolution in Europe in 1848 coincided with the formation in England of a revolutionary art movement – the Pre-Raphaelites. Birmingham Museums Trust holds the most important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art anywhere in the world. The collection has over 3,000 paintings, drawings, prints and examples of decorative art and design. In this lecture Jane Hornby will look at how three young students at the Royal Academy Schools, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, questioned and rejected academic art training by forming the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, producing works of art that faced early criticism.

Lecture 2 – A Landscape of Memory: J.R.R Tolkien and Sarehole Mill

Just how far did the early landscape of his childhood influence J.R.R Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and why did a small hamlet just outside of Birmingham, with its corn mill and green fields and woods hold such a great influence over the author? How much can this small rural idyll can be claimed as the inspiration for The Shire? We will also look at how memory place also shaped Tolkien’s world as well as the destruction of his childhood home and the profound impression it made on him.

Focus talk 1 - Paintings of Albert Moore

Jane Hornby takes a closer look at the paintings of Albert Moore, one of the most remarkable artists of the 19th Century and one of the leaders of the aesthetic movement. Jane looks at his works including Sapphires, Birds and Dreamers.

Focus talk 2 - John Constable’s Study of Clouds

Wayne Dixon takes a closer look at John Constable’s study of Clouds and how he was influenced by the naturalistic paintings of Jacob van Ruisdael and the studio landscapes of Thomas Gainsborough

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*Lectures have previously been available for purchase.