Since 1931, the Association of Friends has supported Birmingham Museums Trust by raising money to help finance BMT’s acquisitions. Some Members also volunteer their services as researchers, cataloguers and administrators (to name but a few) on a range of BMT projects.

The Friends give around £25,000 a year to Birmingham Museums, raised through subscriptions, events, outings and donations.

This money goes towards everything from buying and commissioning new works, to funding important development programmes, such as Aston Hall, Soho House, Blakesley Hall and the Birmingham History Galleries.

The money donated has also been instrumental in levering much larger sums of external funding (from bodies such as the V&A Purchase Fund, the Art Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and local charities) for acquisitions and development.

Friends' Membership Scheme

It costs as little as £21 to become a Friend of Birmingham Museums. You will enjoy many benefits, including the quarterly Artefacts magazine, and become part of a lively social circle that enjoys exclusive events and activities all year round.

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To apply to become a Friend or to buy a Gift Membership for a relative or friend please download, complete and return the relevant form.

Friends Membership Application Form

Gift Membership Application Form

Download the current edition of Artefacts (PDF) the magazine of the Friends of Birmingham Museums Trust.

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