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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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.


Dr Ellen McAdam, Director, Birmingham Museums Trust; Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England; Councillor Ray Hassell, Lord Mayor of Birmingham; Steve Freer, Chair, Birmingham Museums Trust.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 130th birthday event

The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery marked the 130th anniversary of its opening with a special reception hosted by Birmingham Museums Trust

Relations have become strained over the future of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham 'committed' to Museum and Art Gallery

City council insists relations have not become strained between itself and the Museums Trust after plea for long-term lease was rejected

Library of Birmingham was the most visited free attraction in the West Midlands during 2014

Record number of visitors to Birmingham brings £500m boost

New data released today shows that three million more people came to the city last year compared with 2013

Anita Champaneri, Mike Ward, Gavin Wade and Glyn Pitchford celebrate Gateley's £20,000 donation to the Birmingham Big Art Project

Birmingham Big Art project gets £80,000 contribution from Arts Council England

This latest contribution means the funding pot for the project has now passed the £100,000 mark

British violinist Tasmin Little.

Birmingham's Conservatoire welcomes crop of classical superstars

Birmingham Conservatoire's autumn season has just got under way. Christopher Morley takes a look at some of the glittering visitors heading this way.

The tourist information office at the Library of Birmingham has closed

Library of Birmingham tourist information office closes

Latest blow to library as online services and social media have become the preferred service for people visiting the city

The Stuart Carlier collection of almost 100 drawers of beetles

Beetle mania... Birmingham's amazing insect collection is latest Museums Trust 'object of the month'

Collection is latest of series of objects of the month the Museums Trust is unveiling through the Birmingham Post

Edwardian tea room at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is extending its opening hours

Edwardian Tea Room extends opening hours

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery hoping to attract weekend visitors to café with new Friday night opening hours from next month

Birmingham's Baroque art masterpieces to get new lease of life in transformed BMAG galleries

Research project transforms visitor experience of two galleries of 17th century European art at BMAG

The Assay Office in Birmingham

Hidden Spaces Unlocked: Full listings for June 2015 open days and events

2015 Hidden Spaces ‘Unlocked’ events programme follows the feedback from hugely popular Curzon Street Station exhibition

The front of the reconstructed sword pommel

New secrets of Staffordshire Hoard revealed

Pair of objects rebuilt dating back to seventh century Anglo-Saxon England are placed on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The Boulton family coat of arms

Matthew Boulton's tea urn is Birmingham Museums Trust's object of the month for May

The urn becomes the fifth of a series of objects of the month the Museums Trust is unveiling through the Birmingham Post to highlight the finest civic collection in England

Conservation staff at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery working on 'The arming and departure of the knights of the round table on the quest for the Holy Grail'.

Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller: I'd rather have met William Morris than Andy Warhol

Jeremy Deller is curator of Love is Enough, an exhibition of William Morris and Andy Warhol at Birmingham's Gas Hall

Quest for the Holy Grail Tapestries - Arming and Departure of the Knights by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, John Henry Dearle. Wool, silk, mohair and camel hair weft on cotton warp, 1895 - 1896

Countdown to Andy Warhol and William Morris exhibition

Preparations in full swing at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for important displays showing six rare tapestries by Morris & Co. and portraits by Warhol

Handsworth Market in Soho Road - March 9, 1968

Nicklin Unseen: 'Overwhelming response' to archived images of Birmingham

Brumpic founder hails success of first supplement as year-long mission to showcase Nicklin's work gets into gear

The Birmingham-made Pearl Gas Water Heater at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Modest water heater that changed family life is Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's Object of the Month for April

The Parkinson Stove Company of Birmingham made the Pearl gas water heater in the 1920s

Harborne High Street in 1961 by Phyllis Nicklin

Nicklin Unseen: Third instalment of historic photo archive

Our final upload this week showcases more fascinating photographer taken by former lecturer in Birmingham during the 1950s and 60s

New maisonettes near Loxton Street in Duddeston in 1953

Nicklin Unseen: Our second gallery of nostalgic photos

More from our new collection of images taken in Birmingham during the 1950s and 60s which show how the city used to look

A38 Lichfield Road in Aston looking north - March 14, 1968

Nicklin Unseen: Brumpic founder unearths treasure trove of old photos

New collection of images being seen in public for first time show how Birmingham looked during the 1950s and 60s

Ducks in Primrose Hill, Frank Auerbach, 122 x 152.5 cm, oil on canvas, which has been acquired by Birmingham's Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Barber Institute's Auerbach painting becomes gallery's first by a living artist

Barber Institute's allocated work is a large oil painting on board depicting London’s Primrose Hill, near Auerbach’s home in Camden

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