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Birmingham Museums Trust (Birmingham City Council and Thinktank)

In April 2012, Birmingham Museums and Art Galley joined forces with Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, to form the UK’s largest independent museums trust. Birmingham Museums is now responsible for governing and managing the museum sites and collections owned by Birmingham City Council including Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle. The new independent organisation is focused on sustaining and developing key partnerships within the city and beyond, in order to deliver high quality, audience focused museum services and meet the needs of Birmingham communities as well as its wider audiences.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,671,906
  • 2013-2014: £1,719,682
  • 2014-2015: £1,700,027

Video feed

Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett

This video introduces the exhibition 'Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett' which is at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 10 May - 21 Sept. The exhibition is the largest ever display of Emett's work and tells the story of his life. It features 12 quirky moving machines, or automata as they are known, including items from the film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', as well as fantastical flying machines and a bicycle for cycling across the moon. For more details about the exhibition visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3160 Music from the Rowland Emett Society: https://soundcloud.com/rowland-emett

Elizabeth Cross remembers food shortages in Small Heath

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Elizabeth Cross. Elizabeth was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Elizabeth Cross was born in Small Heath. Cross discusses war on the home front from a child’s perspective and in this clip she remembers food shortages in Small Heath. Oral history number: R0043 To listen to the full interview visit: https://soundcloud.com/birminghammuseums/oral-history-elizabeth-cross

Elizabeth Cross remembers the end of the war

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Elizabeth Cross. Elizabeth was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Elizabeth Cross was born in Small Heath. Cross discusses war on the home front from a child’s perspective and in this clip she describes the celebrations for the end of the war. Oral history number: R0043 To listen to the full interview visit: https://soundcloud.com/birminghammuseums/oral-history-elizabeth-cross

Elizabeth Cross describes the zeppelin raids

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Elizabeth Cross. Elizabeth was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Elizabeth Cross was born in Small Heath. Cross discusses war on the home front from a child’s perspective and her father being out at work during the zeppelin raids. Oral history number: R0043 To listen to the full interview visit: https://soundcloud.com/birminghammuseums/oral-history-elizabeth-cross

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Elizabeth Cross recalls family dying of TB

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Elizabeth Cross. Elizabeth was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Elizabeth Cross was born in Small Heath. Cross discusses war on the home front from a child’s perspective and in this clip she recalls family members dying of TB after the war. Oral history number: R0043 To listen to the full interview visit: https://soundcloud.com/birminghammuseums/oral-history-elizabeth-cross

Elizabeth Cross remembers Belgium Refugees in Birmingham

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Elizabeth Cross. Elizabeth was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Elizabeth Cross was born in Small Heath. Cross discusses war on the home front from a child’s perspective and in this clip she discusses Belgium refugees in Birmingham during the war. Oral history number: R0043 To listen to the full interview visit: https://soundcloud.com/birminghammuseums/oral-history-elizabeth-cross

Ernie Lewis's memory of the outbreak of war

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Ernest Lewis. Ernie was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Ernest was born in 1909. In this clip Ernie recalls the outbreak of the war. Oral history number: R0074

Ernie Lewis describes anti-German feeling in Spring Hill

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Ernest Lewis. Ernie was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Ernest was born in 1909. In this clip Ernie discusses seeing troops in Sutton park and anti-German feeling in Birmingham. Oral history number: R0074

Ernie Lewis remembers the zeppelins over Birmingham.

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Ernest Lewis. Ernie was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Ernest was born in 1909. In this clip Ernie remembers the zeppelins over Birmingham. Oral history number: R0074

Ernie Lewis recalls the end of the war

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Ernest Lewis. Ernie was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Ernest was born in 1909. In this clip Ernie recalls being at school when the end of the war was announced. Oral history number: R0074

Ernie Lewis describes poverty in Ladywood

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Ernest Lewis. Ernie was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Ernest was born in 1909. In this clip Ernie Lewis describes poverty in Ladywood. Oral history number: R0074

Ernie Lewis remembers the "monkey runs" used during the war.

This is an extract from an oral history interview with Ernest Lewis. Ernie was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. Ernest was born in 1909. In this clip Ernie Lewis remembers the "monkey runs" used during the war. Oral history number: R0074

Mrs Tamblyn describes the blackout

This is a short extract from an oral history interview with Mrs Tamblyn. Mrs Tamblyn was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. In this clip Mrs Tamblyn describes the blackout during the war.

Mrs Tamblyn recalls the zeppelin raids

This is a short extract from an oral history interview with Mrs Tamblyn. Mrs Tamblyn was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. In this clip Mrs Tamblyn recalls the zeppelin raids.

Mrs Dunn, a nurse, recalls the soldiers on the wards

This is a short extract from an oral history interview with Mrs Dunn. Mrs Dunn was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. In this clip Mrs Dunn, who was a nurse at Highbury Hospital, recalls the soldiers on the wards.

Mrs Dunn describes the operating theatre at Highbury Hospital

This is a short extract from an oral history interview with Mrs Dunn. Mrs Dunn was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. In this clip Mrs Dunn describes the operating theatre at Highbury Hospital.

Mrs Dunn recalls watching an operation at Highbury Hospital

This is a short extract from an oral history interview with Mrs Dunn. Mrs Dunn was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. In this clip Mrs Dunn recalls watching an operation at Highbury Hospital.

Wilfred Beswick recalls discussing pacifism

This is a short extract from an oral history interview with Wilfred Beswick. Wilfred was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. In this clip Wilfred Beswick recalls discussing pacifism with his Sunday School teacher.

Wilfred Beswick, a pacifist, worries about his job helping the war effort

This is a short extract from an oral history interview with Wilfred Beswick. Wilfred was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. In this clip Wilfred Beswick, a pacifist, remembers worrying about how his job was helping the war effort.

Wilfred Beswick remembers visiting Edward Cadbury

This is a short extract from an oral history interview with Wilfred Beswick. Wilfred was interviewed in 1981 as part of the Great War oral history project. In this clip Wilfred Beswick remembers visiting Edward Cadbury's house in Bournville to discuss pacifism.

Symmetry in Sculpture Exhibition

Artist Zarah Hussain talks about her new exhibition 'Symmetry in Sculpture' at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Presenting sculpture based on the geometric patterns used in Islamic art, this exhibition showcases work by one of the UK's most exciting British Pakistani artists. Zarah Hussain is inspired by complex patterns that emerge from simple repeating shapes and echo the natural beauty of the universe. Her new three-dimensional wall sculptures transform these patterns into clean, minimal structures precisely arranged to reveal new ways of seeing shadow, colour and light. The free exhibition is at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 24 May - 2 November 2014. For more information visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3205 Music by Chris Zabriskie - Cylinder Nine. Used under the Creative Commons Licence. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/2014010103336111/Chris_Zabriskie_-_Cylinders_-_09_-_Cylinder_Nine

Announcement of the Volunteer of the Year winner

In this video Simon Cane, Deputy Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, announces the winner of the Birmingham Museums Volunteer of the Year award, 2014. The award forms part the Volunteers Week celebrations at Birmingham Museum Trust. For more information about volunteering at Birmingham Museums please visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/support-us/volunteer

Installation of the 'Symmetry in Sculpture' exhibition

This time lapse film shows the installation of four artworks in the 'Symmetry in Sculpture: Recent Work by Zarah Hussain' exhibition. Zarah Hussain is one of the UK's most exciting British Pakistani artists and her work is based on geometric patterns used in Islamic art. The free exhibition is on from 24 May - 2 Nov 2014 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. For more information visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3205 For more information about Zarah visit: http://zarahhussain.co.uk/ Music by Hayvanlar Alemi: Biz Bir Aileyiz http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hayvanlar_Alemi/Demolar_2007-2008/Biz_Bir_Aileyiz

Marvellous Machines

This video shows some of moving machines which are going to feature in the new exhibition 'Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett', which opens at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 10th May. The exhibition will be the largest ever display of Emett's work and will tell the story of his life. It will also feature these quirky moving machines, or automata as they are known, including items from the film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. For more details visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3160

Installation of the Rowland Emett Exhibition - Time-lapse

This time-lapse video shows the installation of the exhibition 'Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett', which opens at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 10th May. The exhibition will be the largest ever display of Emett's work and will feature 12 moving machines, or automata as they are known, including items from the film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Designs and cartoons by Emett will also be on display. For more details visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3160 Music by Podington Bear -- Fantasy from http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Joyful/Fantasy

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