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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.

Robert Wenley (deputy director) and John van Boolen (curatorial technician) manoeuvre the Picasso painting

Pictures: Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham unpacks a Picasso

Going on display on Friday, August 29, Woman Sleeping in a Chair will be at the gallery until March 2015

SS Pussiewillow II, with Rowland Emett.

Blue plaque to honour Birmingham inventor Rowland Emett

The plaque will be unveiled at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Video designer Matthew J Watkins

Birmingham artist aiming to revive the folk songs and stories of First World War soldiers

A Birmingham visual artist is collaborating with folk musicians to interpret the sights and sounds of the First World War. Graham Young reports

Johnson Fellows partners (from left) Nick Wint, Neil Wetherell, James Merrick, Chris Gaskell, Andrew Rowson

Johnson Fellows marks 30 years of trading in Birmingham

The Birmingham-based chartered surveyors played hosts at an event at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in Chamberlain Square

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi (left) with Brian Tatler of Diamond Head at the opening night of the Home Of Metal exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 2011

Bid to make the Home of Metal a permanent Birmingham fixture

The Home of Metal show attracted 200,000 people to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2011 where rare artefacts including costumes and a guitar were on display

Zarah Hussain, creator of Symmetry in Sculpture

The beautiful symmetry of a calculated work

A new cross-cultural exhibition by British-Pakistani artist Zarah Hussein has opened at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

An artist's impression of proposals for the HS2 Interchange Station near Birmingham Airport

HS2 'could damage priceless exhibits.... and help robbers'

Museum Trust and Post Office petition Whitehall over fears effect of new high-speed rail system could have on city's buildings

Blakesley Hall

Get out and about this bank holiday

Stuck for ideas of where to go this May bank holiday? Sarah Probert looks at some of the family-friendly events on offer across the region

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, one of the venues taking part in the 2014 Birmingham Architecture Festival

Packed events programme for Birmingham Architecture Festival

Read our run down of some of the events taking place during this weekend's second festival celebrating the city's built environment

The largest exhibition of work by Rowland Emett, the world-famed inventor, cartoonist and creator of contraptions featured in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is set to open in Birmingham.

Forgotten artist brought amazing inventions to life

A new exhibition dedicated to Rowland Emett is giving long overdue recognition to one of Birmingham's most unsung, visionary talents. Graham Young reports

UK's biggest loan collection of British art buys work by West Midlands artists

After being spotted at galleries and studios in Birmingham, work by Barbara Walker, Stuart Whipps, Chris Clinton and Lucy Hutchinson is the latest to be purchased by the Arts Council Collection’s Acquisitions Committee

Eastside photowalk as part of Birmingham Architecture Festival

Eastside Through The Lens will take in areas of Birmingham’s industrial heritage alongside newer developments and street art

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery stand next to the Van Dyck self-portrait

£10m Sir Anthony Van Dyck self-portrait to go on display in Birmingham

Appeal to acquire the self-portrait, painted shortly before the Flemish master’s death, is being described as the most successful public fundraising campaign for a work of art in British history

Birmingham city centre at night

Architecture festival returns to Birmingham

Four-day event will showcase the finest architecture from across the city.

Professor Alice Roberts launches the British Science Festival 2014, in Birmingham.

University of Birmingham professor launches city science festival

Alice Roberts joins 'Nao' the robot to showcase upcoming festival at Library of Birmingham

Dame Jacqueline Wilson with actress Phoebe Thomas, who will be playing Hetty Feather in the stage adaptation of the book

Dame Jacqueline Wilson battles ill health to write her 100th book

Bestselling children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson tells Roz Laws about battling ill health to write her 100th book.

New Art West Midlands-featured artist Sharon Farrelly's work Paul4Julie

New artists shine light on the dark side of life

New Art West Midlands is putting talented new artists with fresh ideas into the spotlight. Graham Young reports

Dr Ellen McAdam is the new director of Birmingham Museums Trust.

Birmingham needs to be loud and proud about what it has to offer

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.

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry tapestries reflect the nature of a modern Britain

Social mobility in modern life is being reflected with the creation of six tapestries by contemporary artist Grayson Perry for an exhibition which comes to Birmingham. Graham Young reports

John Salt.

From Sheldon to New York... artist John Salt is keeping it real

He discovered his calling in the United States, but Birmingham-born artist John Salt is back in town – at the heart of Europe’s first major Photorealism exhibition.

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