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 package.

Your monthly pass will include:

  • Two one-hour lectures
  • Two focus talks

Once you have purchased your chosen month’s pass, 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 31st July 2021.

This month, you can enjoy:

Lecture 1: 'Nearer to him than his right hand': William Holman Hunt and his Pre-Raphaelite ‘son in art’ Edward Robert Hughes

Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) painted one of the most popular pictures in Birmingham’s collection, Night with her Train of Stars. Much less well known is that for at least 17 years, from around 1888, Hughes was studio assistant to the veteran artist William Holman Hunt, one of the founder members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. When Hunt progressively lost his sight to glaucoma, Hughes worked with him to complete some of his most famous paintings and became more than just an assistant: Hunt privately called him his 'dear Right Hand'.

In this online lecture Victoria Osborne explores the lifelong friendship between these two artists: a story of hero-worship, secrecy and tabloid doorstepping.

Victoria Osborne is Curator (Fine Art) at Birmingham Museums Trust and curated the 2015 exhibition Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Edward Robert Hughes.

Lecture 2: The Art of the Baroque – Southern Europe

This lecture given by Jane Hornby introduces Birmingham Museum’s magnificent collection of Baroque art of 17th century Italy and Spain. Key artists such as Guido Reni, Orazio Gentlileschi and Carlo Dolci will be included in the lecture. Art of this period employed emotion and a theatrical use of light in support of the Counter-Reformation through visual culture.

Focus talk 1 – Examining the Hawker Hurricane aircraft

In this talk Wayne Dixon introduces the Hawker Hurricane aircraft that is Housed at Thinktank, Birmingham’s Science Museum. Wayne will discuss how the aircraft was used in world war II and how it compare to other aircraft such as the Spitfire (also housed in Thinktank.)

Focus talk 2 – Objects of Desire

Join Jane Hornby as she focuses on some of the fascinating objects in the collections of Birmingham Museums’ collections. Jane takes a closer look at objects of desire such as ceramics, jewellery, stained glass, Yixing earthenware and more.


Book your monthly pass by booking a ticket online.

Birmingham Museums Trust is a registered charity and money raised through events like this help us care for our collections and venues. We thank you for your support.

*Lectures have previously been available for purchase

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