Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries displaying world-class collections of art, social history, archaeology and ethnography...
The museum holds centuries of European history and culture and is home to art collections of international importance, there is also a celebration of local and industrial history in the ever-changing exhibitions.
Packed with interactive activities and designed to appeal to all senses, the museum is a beautiful space for all to connect with our world’s past. You can step inside a 17th century painting, eavesdrop on Albert Einstein or simply stand back and see major works by the Old Masters and Impressionists rub shoulders with Rossetti and Burne-Jones in the world’s largest public collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.
With the most highly valued hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold, the largest known complete Indian bronze sculpture and a whole collection of Egyptian mummies and coffins, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a treasure trove on the map of arts and culture.
Dr David Symons - [many] Nights in the museum
Dr David Symons came to Birmingham to study Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham in 1972. After graduation a job came up in the archaeology department at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and he’s still there more than thirty-five years later. During this time he has been privileged to work on many exciting projects, including the Staffordshire Hoard.
When a metal detectorist called Terry Herbert found the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold it completely transformed the lives of quite a few people, including Dr Symons - since July 2009 he has been working solely on the project!
Among other things this has involved collaborating on a series of exhibitions that have already been seen by more than 750,000 people and taking part in several television documentaries. One of his most pleasant experiences was working with his colleagues from the National Geographic Society to develop an exhibition that was mounted at their museum in Washington DC.
Thanks to the hoard I also got to meet the Pope, Terry Jones from Monty Python and Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin.
The hoard is going to dominate his life for the next few years as well...
We will be working hard to make sure that the archaeological report on the find is published as quickly as possible. We will also be developing and installing a major new gallery about the hoard at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This is due to open in September 2014. Who knows where the Staffordshire Hoard will take me after that – a Staffordshire Hoard World Tour anyone?
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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is part of the wider Birmingham Museums trust which incorporates Aston Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Soho House, Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill, Weoley Castle and In 2012 joined forces with Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum to form one of the largest museum trusts in the UK.
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