Bring your Birmingham to the Museum Collections Centre

By on 18/08/2010 in Culture, News

Visitors to the Museum Collections Centre Open Day on Sunday August 22 are being asked to bring along their own personal objects, stories and memorabilia to help contribute towards Your Birmingham – a local history gallery at the Museum and Art Gallery. 

The Your Birmingham gallery is due to open in Autumn 2012 as part of the forthcoming new history galleries at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.  The Museum Collections Centre Open Day will be the first opportunity for local people to help Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery tell the story of the city since 1945.  A team of curators will be on hand throughout the day to document and photograph the objects, which may later be included in the show. 

At the open day visitors will also be able to see many of the larger items in the city's collections ranging from cars, motorcycles and steam engines through a variety of industrial and domestic machinery to fine sculpture. Many of the items were either made or used in Birmingham.

As well as the main collection centre, visitors will also be able to explore two small object stores. One of them has over ten thousand pots from all over the world and from all periods. The other is a mixture of objects from many different collections, including shoes, tin plate toys, radios, cameras, irons, and stuffed mammals.

Outside the Museum Collection Centre, visitors will be able to see flying displays of falcons and other birds of prey by Hagley Falconry Centre.  Throughout the day there will be also be experts on hand to explain about the art of falconry and there will also be donkey rides and fun activities for children.  

“Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: “The forthcoming new history galleries at the Museum and Art Gallery will allow local people a great opportunity to celebrate their history and culture.  It is ideal that people will have the first chance to share their stories and memorabilia at the popular Museum Collections Centre Open Day”

A vintage bus service courtesy of Aston Manor Transport Museum will travel between Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (Edmund Street) and the Museum Collections Centre, with an additional stop at Thinktank (Curzon Street). 

The Museum Collections Centre is only a couple of miles from the city centre close to Duddeston Station or the number 26 bus stop.  There is plenty of free parking and refreshments will be available.  For further information -email MCC@birmingham.gov.uk or call  0121 303 0190.

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Media contact: Jason Lewis – 0121 303 4266 jason_lewis@birmingham.gov.uk

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