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.

This month’s pass includes:

  • Two 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 the end of November 2021.

This month, you can enjoy:

Lecture 1 – Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), celebrating a painter of modern times

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Ford Madox Brown’s birth on the 16th April 1821. He was one of the most perceptive Pre-Raphaelite painters of modern life. Brown inspired the artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, the initial founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. 

Join Jane Hornby as she looks at some of the iconic works by Ford Madox Brown that are in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Lecture 2 – Inspired by the Middle East and South Asia: An Introduction to Birmingham’s collection of ‘Islamic’ Art

Join curator, Dr Rebecca Bridgman to explore Birmingham’s collection of art from the Middle East and South Asia. Dating to the 18th and 19th centuries this collection includes around 1,500 objects from the great Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Qajars, and Mughals, whose power bases ranged from modern day Turkey, Iran and India. Often referred to as ‘Islamic’ art, this beautiful collection of objects was acquired by Birmingham largely in the late 19th or early 20th centuries as inspiration for Birmingham craftsmen and women.

 The talk will incorporate a detailed discussion of one of the star pieces of that collection, a large Iranian textile depicting the historical figures of Yusuf (or Joseph) and Zulaikha (Potiphar’s wife). This amazing hand-painted textile was made in Iran in the 19th century and probably used to depict their poetic love story known throughout world literature.

Focus talk 1 – The two Gentlemen of Verona

Join Rachael Saice as she explores this painting by William Holman Hunt and the story behind it.

Focus talk 2 – Bellini Madonna and Child

One of Birmingham’s favourite works. Hear about this iconic painting and how the museum acquired it.

*Lectures have previously been available for purchase