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 6th June 2021.

This month, you can enjoy:

Lecture 1 – Love, Betrayal, Poison and Death, Part Two

In this Lecture Jane Hornby considers life’s tangled web of strong emotions which can sometimes lead to powerful consequences, subjects that have inspired artists through the centuries, creating works of art that we can admire, enjoy or, maybe, feel challenged by.
This talk will at times, look at some of the artists’ pigments – their discoveries, early poisonous properties, accidents, secret recipes, anecdotes and symbolism.

Artists include Walter Langley, Joseph Southall, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Henry Wallis, Simeon Solomon and more.

Please note it is not necessary for you to have viewed part one to enjoy this lecture.

Lecture 2 – The War of the Three Kingdoms: Birmingham and the English Civil War (1642-1646)

During a war which affected everyone in both Britain and Ireland, and which spread across the world, the heaviest fighting and the heaviest load fell upon the ‘disputed’ land in the middle. Birmingham, a firm centre of support for Parliament, and Coventry, famous as a place which captured Royalists were held, were surrounded by supporters for the King and dozens of garrisons were spread through what is now the West Midlands.

From the visit to Aston Hall by King Charles on his way to fight the battle of Edgehill (and the looting of his baggage train), to the Battle of Birmingham the following year, and to the siege of Aston Hall, Birmingham and its surroundings played an active and destructive part of the fighting. In this lecture, Rik Sowden will focus on events and characters which impacted on Birmingham and its surroundings during a period whose shadow is cast long and whose echoes can be felt today.

Focus talk 1 – Prospects of Birmingham

Jo-Ann Curtis, Curator of Birmingham History at Birmingham Museums shows us views of ‘Birmingham town’ from the early 18th Century from Buck and Westley . Jo Ann will also talk about changes and growth in population, private residences and industry.

Focus talk 2 – Women Artists in Birmingham’s Collection

Jane Hornby takes a closer look at some of the women artist that have work in the city’s collection including Kate Bunce, Myra Bunce, Georgie E. Gaskin, Fanny Bunn, Sophie Anderson and May Bunting. Jane will also talk about the time spent at Birmingham School of Art by some of these women artists.

Focus talk 3 (Bonus film for May) - Spaceports

From Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, this short film from the Planetarium shows the global spaceports and plans for the future, which include building in the UK


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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