Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

We have created content for three live online talks, which we have made available exclusively for groups.

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. Zoom is a great platform; it’s easy to use and we send out invites and request that group organisers provide a list of attendee names so we can operate a ‘waiting room’ system. This security feature means we check the names before we allow people to the ‘meeting’.

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

Meet the Pre-Raphaelites

As the flamboyant ‘Rock stars’ of their era, these rebels made their reputations by rejecting the establishment and jaded practices of the day. Using paintings from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery collection this tour will give context to the art world they rejected and tell the story of the paintings that made them megastars whilst celebrating the legacy their art has left the city.

Be prepared for scandal along the way, these young men and their muses were no strangers to adultery, drug taking, one-upmanship and even messages from beyond the grave!

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.

We have kept the cost as low as possible and we only charge £50 for groups of up to 12 people. Additional guests after that are charged at £3 per person.

To Book

To make a booking or for more details, please email