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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

Making a button

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery recently acquired a set of button sample books from James Grove & Sons Ltd in Halesowen. Roy Taylor was a machine tool maker and button designer at the company from the 1960s until it closed in 2012. In this film Roy provides an audio explanation for how a button would have been made. For more details about Roy's interview with Curator Jo-Ann Curtis please see the blog: http://bmagblog.org/

Introduction into the Staffordshire Hoard Grouping Exercise

This video shows Curator David Symons introducing the Staffordshire Hoard grouping exercise as the Hoard team lay out all 4,000 objects and fragments for research purposes.

Staffordshire Hoard Grouping Exercise - Timelapse

This time-lapse video shows the Hoard team setting up for the Staffordshire Hoard grouping exercise where all 4,000 objects and fragments were laid out for research purposes.

Behind the art: King James the First by Sir Peter Paul Rubens

The conservation team take a literal look 'behind the art' by showing the construction of the back of the 'King James the First' painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. This video is for #BehindTheArt theme for #MuseumWeek on Twitter.

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Museum Memories: Helen Oliver

Helen Oliver, Loans Registrar for Birmingham Museums Trust, talks about her first visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as a child. This video is for Museum Week on Twitter.

Museum Memories: Lucy Blakeman

Lucy Blakeman, Documentation Registrar for Birmingham Museums Trust, talks about her first visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as a child. This video is for Museum Week on Twitter.

Alex - Answer 2

Alex Nicholson-Evans, Volunteer Development Officer, answers the question of what gallery is she in.

Pieta Greaves - Answer

Pieta Greaves, Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Manager, gives the answer to the question about cleaning the Staffordshire Hoard.

Pieta Greaves - Question

Pieta Greaves, Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Manager, ask a question about the Staffordshire Hoard for #MuseumMastermind on twitter.

Alex - Question 2

Alex Nicholson-Evans, Volunteer Development Officer, asks a question for #MuseumMastermind on Twitter.

Curator Victoria Osborne - Answer 2

Victoria Osborne, Curator of Fine Art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery gives the answer to question 2.

Curator Victoria Osborne - Question 2

Victoria Osborne, Curator of Fine Art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery asks a question for #MuseumMastermind.

Curator Victoria Osborne - Answer 1

Victoria Osborne, Curator of Fine Art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery gives the answer to question 1.

Curator Victoria Osborne - Question 1

Victoria Osborne, Curator of Fine Art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery asks a question about the Last of England for #MuseumMastermind on Twitter.

3D Laser Scanning the Staffordshire Hoard

In this video Keith Adcock from the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, shows the 3D scanning process on one of the Staffordshire Hoard objects. For more information read the 3D Scanning Blog: http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/3dscanning

New Art West Midlands Exhibition

In this video Lisa Beauchamp, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, talks about New Art West Midlands which is a Turning Point West Midlands initiative with partner galleries and universities within the West Midlands. The exhibitions showcase artwork by some of the best artists graduating from art schools in the region and takes place across four galleries including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Grand Union and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is on from 14 February until 18 May and is free to visit. For more details about the other venues please visit: http://newartwestmidlands.org/

'For the Record' Exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

In this video Lisa Beauchamp, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, introduces the exhibition 'For the Record'. The exhibition showcases modern and contemporary artwork by a number of female artists and explores the themes of tradition, documentation and recording across a wide range of media. The exhibition is in the Waterhall Gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 27th January until 29th June and is free to visit. For more details about the exhibition please visit the website: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3086

Victoria Osborne talks about Burne-Jones and Birmingham

In this video Victoria Osborne, Curator of Fine Art, talks about Sir Edward Burne-Jones, his links to Birmingham and the commissioning of the painting 'The Star of Bethlehem' in 1887. This painting and other artworks by Sir Edward Burne-Jones are on display in gallery 14 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Image credit: Stained glass in St. Martins Church by Kotomi_ on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kotomi-jewelry/2562584116/in/set-72157605502612220/lightbox/

Victoria Osborne talks about The Star of Bethlehem

Curator Victoria Osborne talks about The Star of Bethlehem which was painted by Sir Edward Burne-Jones between 1887 and 1891. The subject is taken from the Bible and it shows Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus being visited by the Three Kings. The painting was commissioned by the Corporation of Birmingham in 1887 and is a large watercolour painting. The painting is on display in the Edward Burne-Jones gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Galley.

Tudor Christmas Customs at Blakesley Hall

This video features Anne-Marie Hayes, Property Supervisor at Blakesley Hall, talking about Tudor Christmas customs including traditional decorations and food in Tudor times. With thanks to Tony Parkinson for the music. Follow Blakesley Hall on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Blakesley_Hall or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blakesley-Hall-Museum/235366899912438

Photorealism: 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting

This video features Katie Hall, Exhibitions Officer, introducing the exhibition 'Photorealism: 50 Years of Hyperrealistic painting'. The exhibition showcases key photorealist artists from the 1960s to the present day and features realistic depictions of everyday objects and scenes which at first glance appear to be photographs. Photorealism is at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 30th November - 30th March 2014 for more details visit http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=2740 Artworks in this film are listed below in order of appearance: Fairmont Hotel, 1991 © Bertrand Meniel, image courtesy of Collection Richard Alexandre. White Chevy - Red Trailer, 1975 © John Salt, image courtesy of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Ochre Couch, 1975 © Jack Mendenhall, image courtesy of Jack Mendenhall. Angus with Blue Butler, 1974 © Richard McLean, image courtesy of Centraal Museum, Utrecht. Monaco Casino, 2009 © Robert Gniewek, image courtesy of Stephan Zwahlen - Courtesy of Persterer Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Pappy's Place, Nashville, TN, 1985 © John Baeder, image courtesy of Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York. Prout's Diner, 1974 © John Baeder, image courtesy of Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia. Butler Terrace, 1973 © David Parrish, image courtesy of F. Javier Elorza. Wrecking Yard I, 1971 © Don Eddy, image courtesy of Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York. Alameda Chrysler, 1981 © Robert Bechtle, image courtesy of Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York. Before the Journey, 1986 © Charles Bell, image courtesy of Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York. Catherine, 2013 © Yigal Ozeri, image courtesy of Private Collection Eileen Kaminsky. Vegas, 2011 © Raphaella Spence, image courtesy of Private Collection, USA. The Rookery, 1995 © Ben Johnson, image courtesy of Private Collection, London. Images by courtesy of Institute for Cultural Exchange, Tübingen 2013

Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Blog - Preparing for Gold Analysis

In this video Pieta Greaves, Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Manager, shows a couple of hoard objects that are being packed and sent to the British Museum for further testing and analysis of the gold.

Interview with artist Halima Cassell

This video shows Rebecca Bridgman, Curator of Islamic Art, interviewing artist Halima Cassell about her sculpture 'Calliope'. The sculpture is a new acquisition presented by the Art Fund and is on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in the exhibition 'Qalam: the art of beautiful writing' from 2 November 2013 until 26 January 2014. For more information on the exhibition visit http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=2851

Qalam: the art of beautiful writing

This is a clip of a film created to accompany the free exhibition 'Qalam: the art of beautiful writing', held at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from 2nd November 2013 until 26th January 2014. For more information about the exhibition visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=2851 Film by Mohammed Ali; music by Cleveland Watkiss; poetry by Tshaka Campbell and logo design by Soraya Syed (Art of the Pen).

Preventative Conservation Intern - Monitoring the Silver Collection

In this video Rose Wachsmuth, the HLF ICON (Institute for Conservation) Intern in Preventive Conservation, monitors the environment in the silver stores at the Museum Collections Centre for hydrogen sulphide to assess if this is contributing to tarnishing of silver objects. See previous related videos: Preventive Conservation Intern Blog - Managing the Silver Stores http://youtu.be/RaBNY_jhboA Preventive Conservation Intern - Monitoring the stores http://youtu.be/CuFmYYfyZ4U Preventive Conservation Intern Blog - Protecting the Silver Collection http://youtu.be/px7jymCEyNA

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