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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.

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

1100s line up at the Heritage Motor Centre - one of nine sites to share in £3m worth of Arts Council England funding

West Midlands museums to share £3m funding boost

Nine sites including Birmingham Museums Trust to share investment which will help museums make the most of development opportunities

The Sultanganj Buddha at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Sultanganj Buddha is Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's Object of the Month for February

Dating from about the 7th century, the Sultanganj Buddha is a testimony to the skills of the sculptors and metalworkers of ancient India

The now-replaced Queensway tunnel sign, recognisable to thousands of drivers

Crumbled Birmingham Queensway tunnels sign could be recreated for university exhibition

Timber Queensway signs were removed from tunnels and replaced with new electronic warning billboards which can instantly alert drivers to a crash or hold up ahead

Catherine Style, John Male, Managing Director, EFG; and Jennifer Morries, at the EFG Independent Financial Advisers reception held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

EFG holds annual reception for its clients at museum

EFG Independent Financial Advisers held its annual reception for clients, colleagues and intermediaries at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Dr Stephen Deuchar, pictured here in 2010 with Dr David Starkey (right), says museum funding cuts are shortsighted

Birmingham Museum cuts short-sighted says Art Fund

Director of Art Fund, which helped by Staffordshire Hoard for Birmingham, calls on council to rethink £850,000 museum budget cut

Green velvet hat which, it is rumoured, belonged to Bahadur Shah II, the last Muslim ruler of Delhi

Birmingham Museums Trust's hidden gem is old hat

Unique velvet hat believed to belong to the last Muslim ruler of Delhi will be on display

The conservation team has to deal with all manner of objects in different shapes and sizes

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery gives glimpse into yesteryear

Trust is responsible for the governing and managing of seven individual sites across the city including Aston Hall and Weoley Castle

New Art West Midlands: Alexandra Darby, Chrysophobia #1 (2014)

New Art West Midlands: Best emerging artists get chance to exhibit at major galleries again

Visitors will see painting, sculpture, photography, performance, installation and video works from 30 of the West Midlands’ most promising artists

Colmore Row in 1953, one of many pictures on the Brumpic website

Pictures: More of Brumpic's scenes of Birmingham from yesteryear

The Post presents a second gallery of nostalgic images courtesy of the Brumpic website showing how Birmingham looked in a completely different era

The frontage of Snow Hill Station in 1963 - one of the many photos from Brumpic's archive of old photos of Birmingham

Pictures: Brumpic's nostalgic archive proves social media hit

What started as a Twitter account 14 months ago to show off old photos of the city has become a huge hit both in Birmingham and as far afield as Russia and Australia

Sir Albert Bore, Leader, Birmingham City Council; Sadia Shafique, Lord Mayoress of Birmingham; Councillor Shafique Shah, Lord Mayor of Birmingham; Les Sparks OBE, at the private viewing of the new Staffordshire Hoard Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

VIPs view new gallery housing the Staffordshire Hoard

Special guests were treated to a private viewing of the new Staffordshire Hoard Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Artwork by practising and emerging artists from across the region in the West Midlands Open 2014 exhibition in the Gas Hall, at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The West Midlands Open Exhibition at Gas Hall is showcasing new artistic talent

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s latest open exhibition is likely to make people ask the question: What is art?

Birmingham public art quiz: Who do these gilded legs belong to on Broad Street?

Public art in Birmingham: Round two of our quiz about paintings and sculptures in the city

Answer the ten questions to share your results with friends and show how cultured you are

Jazz musicians to commemorate First World War in free performances around Birmingham

Young city musicians helping to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War by re-interpreting the jazz of that era

String quartet The Stringcredibles are taking the sounds of the First World War out on tour

Violinist from the CBSO reveals how string quartet is educating children about the First World War

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia

Arts prioritised as Birmingham City Council weighs up major cuts

The council leader said facilities like the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and groups like the Birmingham Royal Ballet are crucial

Terry Herbert from Burntwood, Staffordshire, with some of the Anglo-Saxon hoard he found

Staffordshire Hoard brought back to life by new technology

The 1,400-year-old pieces of gold and silver will be illuminated with microscopes, touch screens, videos and a recreated Mead Hall which will open to the public on Friday

Robert Neil, President of the RBSA

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists celebrates 200 years of hard work and goodwill

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is marking the bicentenary of its first exhibition. Graham Young reports

View across Chamberlain Square to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Birmingham Town Hall

Birmingham Museums Trust gets £398,000 grant for local history project

The Museums Trust has been awarded the £398,000 grant to support its ‘Representing Birmingham’ project.

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