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20 Feb 2017

Student Volunteer Week 2017

This week is National Student Volunteer Week; the time of the year when we really shout out about all our wonderful team members who are also busy studying while they volunteer with us.

To celebrate Student Volunteer Week we are announcing our Student Volunteer of the Year for 2017. This year’s winner has volunteered with us for over a year and a half and is an incredibly valued member of our Young People’s Forum, Ignite, always going above and beyond to support Birmingham Museums. So congratulations to Becky Smith and a huge thank you from Birmingham Museums for all your time, hard work and dedication to volunteering with us. Read More...

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16 Feb 2017

Funding Statement

As announced by Birmingham City Council we are pleased to confirm that the proposed budget cuts to Birmingham Museums have been removed for the next financial year until March 2018. 

With over 9,000 signatures on our petition and many letters of support, we would like to thank all of our supporters who have helped to show how valued our city’s museums are and how vital funding support is to their continued success. We would also like to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the process. Read More...

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10 Feb 2017

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

We currently have Rowland Emmet’s Mechanical Things exhibition on display until 5 March which has been incredible popular with visitors. I’ve developed a 5 minute talk and decided to share a blog with everybody too, so why not have a read?

The real Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was built in 1921 by Count Louis Zborowski, perhaps the best known amateur racing driver of his time, who lived at Higham Place, a large country house near Canterbury in Kent. He was the son of a Polish count and an American mother and was wealthy enough to own and race many cars in Europe and America. Read More...

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6 Feb 2017

Participate in real scientific research this February half-term at Thinktank!

Here at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, we are committed to contributing to and supporting research led by our local universities.

This February half-term, we are welcoming back the Cognitive Development Research Group from the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. The team run fascinating studies on how young children’s minds develop. Participation guarantees FREE ENTRY into Thinktank for participating child and one accompanying adult! Read More...

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30 Jan 2017

Creative Carers make unique jewellery at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

The latest Creative Carers workshops have inspired a group of local carers to leave their commitments behind for a morning, to come together and instead learn new skills, make handmade gifts and enrich their lives by creating meaningful relationships.

Carers are quite simply heroes who dedicate their time and energy to look after a loved one or person who may be too ill to look after themselves. Through Birmingham Museums Wellbeing programme, we are committed to giving back to carers. We aim to actively provide them with a creative outlet and space through which they can meet new people and express their artistic flare through a low level, social activity.  Read More...

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19 Jan 2017

Easy 'Night in the Museum' Recipe

Are you wondering how to master your approach to Night in the Museum ? Read on and follow my fail proof recipe for cooking up a great understanding and tucking into a delicious experience!

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19 Dec 2016

Really Wild Restoration: Part 2

Following on from the examination of Edward XIII’s taxidermied boar in Part 1 , it was now time to undertake the restoration of this specimen.

The first stage in the restoration of the boar was to remove loose surface dust and dirt, using a vacuum. This was made more difficult by the coarse and inflexible fur covering much of the boar, so a stiff-bristled brush was used to sweep out dust trapped within the fur. Read More...

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14 Dec 2016

Support Birmingham Museums

On 7 December, as part of Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation, it has been proposed that Birmingham Museums Trust will receive a reduction of £500k in funding from April 2017.

Help us reduce the proposed cut to our budget by signing and sharing our online petition. Please use the hashtag #SupportBhamMuseums  Read More...

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14 Dec 2016

Win a Festive Afternoon Tea for Two

To celebrate Christmas at Birmingham Museums we’re giving you the chance to win a festive afternoon tea for two at the Edwardian Tearooms.

Launched as part of Edwardian Tearooms's new winter menu, the afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches; prawn and avocado, smoked chicken and salad, turkey, stuffing and cranberry, and salmon with dill mayonnaise. Served up with traditional mince pies, alongside fresh scones, cranberry jam and clotted cream, this will tantalise your tastebuds… and your sweet tooth! Read More...

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7 Dec 2016

Really Wild Restoration: Part 1

Recently, the Birmingham Museums Trust conservation department have been carrying out a lot of work on the zoology collection, in preparation for an expansion of the natural history displays at Thinktank in spring 2017.

It has not been an uncommon sight to see the conservation laboratory filled with feathered, furry, or scaly creatures of all shapes and sizes. One of the specimens recently worked upon is a wild boar with an interesting history. Read More...