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 October 2021

This month, you can enjoy:

Lecture 1 – The Art of David Cox

Born in Birmingham in 1783, David Cox became famous for his atmospheric landscapes which show an affinity with works by John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. Join Jane Hornby as she explores how the much-travelled David Cox captured natural phenomena in his landscapes, many of which are held by Birmingham Museums Trust. His paintings are known to have been studied by Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro just four years before they launched Impressionism in Paris.

Lecture 2 – The Origins of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is today both a flashback to the early days of the city’s industrial past, and a living, evolving community of craftsmen, manufacturers and retailers. Join Emily Richardson as she considers how Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter came to be and what a 20th Century jewellers looked like.

Exploring 500 years of history, this talk will guide you through the origins of the jewellery trade in Birmingham. Discover how the Jewellery Quarter rose to fame throughout the centuries and which famous Birmingham faces helped it on its way. Not only this, but you’ll be transported back through time to the perfectly preserved jewellery workshop, Smith & Pepper, which offers a unique glimpse into Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.

Focus talk 1 – The Feast of Peleus, Sir Edward Byrne-Jones

Rachael Saice takes a closer look at this oil painting on wood by Birmingham born artist Sir Edward Byrne-Jones. A fascinating work showing the marriage feast of the mortal hero, Peleus.

Focus talk 2 – Judith with the Head of Holofernes, Agostino Cornacchini

This favourite bronze sculpture is explored in detail by Rachael Saice, looking at the artist and the story from the Old Testament.

*Lectures have previously been available for purchase