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.

To find out more about Birmingham Museums, visit



Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More


RT @JQBID: 7 days to go 🎉🎉🎉#JQFestival. This time next week, they’ll be entertainment courtesy of a range of artists including the brillian…

RT @IndependentBham: Saturday is SOLD OUT! Grab your Sunday tickets fast 👉 25 of Brum's very best food/drink trad…

RT @JQBID: If you ❤️the #JewelleryQuarter in #Birmingham, join us for the #JQFestival to discover our #artisans, #museums, #shops, #pubs,…

RT @HGIBirminghamBP: We are showing it at the Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham too with a BBQ on the terrace. @visit_bham we hope to see you al…

Festivals & events

Sporting highlights

All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

Read More


Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More


A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More


Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More


A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More


Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More


Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More