Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham and first opened in 1885 following more than four decades of campaigns by the people of the city for a municipal exhibition venue. The site was extended in 1912, increasing the number of rooms from four to 40 to provide more space for its expanding collections. Admission is free and there are over 500,000 objects in the collections, dating from 200,000 years ago to the present, and coming from all over the world. The collections have been designated as ‘outstanding’ by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and have local, regional, national and international importance.
As the new director of the Birmingham Museums Trust, Dr Ellen McAdam is hoping to expand locally and internationally. The nononsense Scotswoman tells Graham Young of her vision to bring the city's myriad attractions into the hearts and minds of all.
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