Our Community Engagement programme aims to provide our local audiences with opportunities for self-expression, personal development and to steer the work of the organisation. We facilitate community led exhibitions and programming. We create opportunities to improve community wellbeing and access. We diversify the voices that steer the work of the museum and provide a platform for development.
Community Action Panel
Our Community Action Panel is made up of adults of all ages, backgrounds and interests, who want to help shape the direction and future of our museums. The Panel meets monthly, in the evening, and looks at strategy, events and activities, exhibition development and planning. We welcome new members at any point so if you would like more information, please take a look at the volunteer role profile and get in touch by emailing Rosie.Barker@birminghammuseums.org.uk.
Launched in 2016 Inspire is Birmingham Museums’ annual youth art competition. Open to children and young people aged 5-19, Inspire is an exciting opportunity to get your art on to the museum walls. The 2018 finalists had their work viewed by over 300,000 museum visitors!
Inspire 2019 is now open! For more details on this year's competition including how to enter, please see our Inspire 19 competition blog.
Collecting Birmingham is a HLF Funded project to collect stories and objects that reflect real life in Birmingham over the last 70 years. Since 2015 the museum has worked with hundreds of local people to collect objects and stories relating to faith, protest, growing up and working in Birmingham. Objects and stories collected as part of this project are currently showcased in the Collecting Birmingham: Who is Birmingham? exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Gallery, on display until 27th October 2019.
The StoryLab is a space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery designated for testing and experimenting with new ways of displaying objects and artwork. During 2017/2018 it has held two significant exhibitions, The Past is Now and Within + Without: Body Image and the Self . In order to support other museum’s in learning from our work we have made the following PDF documents available in the hope that they may assist others:
Some of The Past Is Now interpretation panels can also be found in the Birmingham History Galleries.
Birmingham Museums runs a Generous Host programme, supporting local organisations to use our venues. We support Birmingham-based community organisations and charities that operate on low income, to use our spaces for meetings or small events. It is not available to commercial organisations. Download the Generous Host information pack and Generous Host event contract to find out more.