Heavy metal legend at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

By on 25/03/2011 in Culture, News

Krusher, the man behind many iconic Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne album sleeve designs, is to officially hand over personal artefacts to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in advance of major Home of Metal exhibition this summer.

Date: Friday March 25
Time: 2-3pm
Where: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

  • Rare Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne album sleeve artworks available to view, film and photograph
  • Selection of metal memorabilia and valuable artefacts available to view, film and photograph
  • Interview, filming and photo opportunity with Krusher and members of the Home of Metal team
  • Broadcast quality footage available


2.05pm Introduction to Krusher and Home of Metal
2.10pm Interview, filming and photography opportunity with Krusher and members of the Home of Metal team
2.40pm Exhibition loans filming and photography opportunity
3.00pm Ends


Raw Power presenter, Ozzfest compere, artist and personality Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule is one of the most charismatic, fascinating and passionate public figures in metal music today.

He will be making a one-off visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to deliver authentic metal memorabilia and valuable artefacts, including posters, ticket stubs, original artworks and more from his own personal treasure trove.

Krusher’s contributions are being loaned in preparation for a major public exhibition celebrating Birmingham as the birthplace and home of metal, opening in June 2011 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's prestigious Gas Hall, which was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in October 1993.

Members of the public will be able to hear Krusher in conversation with Kerrang! DJ Johnny Doom at a fourth and final Home of Metal Open Day at The Public, West Bromwich on Saturday 26 March.


Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: “This fascinating exhibition celebrates many of the contemporary figures of Birmingham's heritage. Local heroes such as Ozzy Osbourne are internationally recognised and have a wide appeal. The material on display in this show will appeal to local people of all ages and will attract music fans from further a field.”

Accreditation, film footage, photos and other media requests

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery:    Jason Lewis via 0121 303 4266 or jason.lewis@birmingham.gov.uk
Home of Metal:                                          Lyle Bignon via 07521 412 058 or lyle.bignon@btinternet.com
Notes to editor

The Home of Metal project is to hold a fourth and final Open Day at The Public on Saturday 26 March, offering one last chance for fans of all ages to share their memorabilia and stories with the digital archive and help to tell the true story of the birthplace of Heavy Metal.

Activities taking place throughout the day include Kerrang! Radio DJ Johnny Doom talking to former 'Raw Power' presenter, Ozzfest compere and all round Metal expert Krusher, rockin’ fun family activities with artist duo Juneau Projects and a masterclass in photography with rock photographer Steve Gerrard.

The Home of Metal digital archive will inform a large-scale exhibition launching this summer at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, exploring 40 years of Heavy Metal & it’s birthplace. Running alongside will be a season of events and exhibitions taking place across the Black Country.
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery (BMAG) is the largest city museums service in England. Our visitor numbers continue to rise and in 2009/10 we welcomed 856,000 visitors (an increase of 26% on the previous year) and including 50,000 school children.  Our global programme of loans - lending objects to other institutions - means that every year, over 3 million people visiting museums and art galleries worldwide see collections that have come from Birmingham.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. The museum shows its collections of art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography in over 40 galleries. The collections have been Designated as outstanding by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and have local, regional, national and international importance.

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