Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will remain closed until 2022, however you can still explore our collections and enjoy one of our wonderful online talks that you and your group can enjoy for the comfort of your own homes.

These fascinating and engaging talks are delivered by our expert tour guides. We hold the live talks over Zoom and they last for about one hour and 15 minutes. 

Choose from one of the three talks below:

‘Love, Betrayal, Poison and Death’

This talk 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.

As an adjunct, the talk will also, at times, look at some of the artists’ pigments – their discoveries, early poisonous properties, accidents, secret recipes, anecdotes and symbolism

The Pre-Raphaelites - A Revolutionary Art

Political upheaval and revolution in Europe in 1848 coincided with the formation in England of a revolutionary art movement – the Pre-Raphaelites. Birmingham Museums Trust holds the most important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art anywhere in the world. The collection has over 3,000 paintings, drawings, prints and examples of decorative art and design. In this talk, we will look at how three young students at the Royal Academy Schools, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, questioned and rejected academic art training by forming the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, producing works of art that faced early criticism. Other artists connected to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, such as Henry Wallis, Arthur Hughes, Frederick Sandys and Ford Madox Brown will also feature in this lecture.

The Treasures Tour - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Our world-class museum is home to Anglo-Saxon treasure, the Staffordshire Hoard, and the most important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world, along with much more. We will look at the famous Round Room, the Pre-Raphaelites collection, the Modern Art galleries, and artists including Bellini, Canaletto, Donald Rodney, David Cox, Ford Madox Brown, Joseph Southall and many more. We’ll also look at the building and explore its history.


The price per group (up to 15 households) is £100 for talks that have a start time of 4.30pm or earlier. For talks after this time, the price is £175. If you have additional households, they will be charged at £3 per household.

To Book

To make a booking or for more details, please email groups@birminghammuseums.org.uk

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