Birmingham Museums Receives Civic Society Renaissance Award

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Birmingham Civic Society are delighted to announce that the new History galleries within the museum have been recognised as the city's most successful heritage project in 2013. On Wednesday 2 April 2014, members of the Civic Society and those involved in the development of the galleries were invited to the museum to see the unveiling of a Civic Society plaque by Chairman of Birmingham Museums Steve Freer and Lady Mayoress Pauline Leddy.

Steve Freer, Chairman of Birmingham Museums comments;

We are delighted to be accepting this Renaissance Award from the Birmingham Civic Society. These history galleries sum up what being in a museum is all about; using objects to tell exciting stories, displaying them in welcoming spaces and involving local audiences every step of the way.

Christine Cushing, Chair of Birmingham Civic Society said;

The Renaissance Award recognises the most successful conservation projects in the city, and this is the sixth such award to be given by the Society. The success of this project is the marriage of the historic and the modern in a sensitive but stylish aesthetic that provides a great series of gallery spaces to tell the story of Birmingham.

The History galleries at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery have attracted over a quarter of a million visitors since opening in October 2012, including many international visitors and school groups. The redevelopment project, which was funded primarily by Birmingham City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, enabled the museum to restore a suite of galleries, revealing architectural features, which had been hidden for decades.

The galleries give museum visitors the opportunity to discover the broad history of Birmingham from its origins with Peter de Birmingham, and the pivotal role it has played in creating and shaping our modern world. From Medieval metalwork and 18th century decorative arts through to Victorian costume and objects from the two world wars, these spaces give visitors access to hundreds of artefacts, many of which have never been on public display before.

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