After ‘feasting with drums’ at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s partial re-opening event in April and a summer full of Birmingham 2022 Festival displays, BMAG is now looking towards its closure for ongoing maintenance works and an exciting future reopening.

Birmingham Museums Trust is asking Birmingham residents and visitors to take part in the new ‘Wishing Tree’ installation at BMAG until 13th November 2022.

A special tree has been installed in BMAG’s Industrial Gallery Participation Space, upon which Wishing Tree tags sharing hopes and dreams can be pinned. The tags can be completed at the museum, downloaded from, or from Thinktank and Sarehole Mill.

The Wishing Tree messages and drawings will be collated and cared for to help inform the future of Birmingham Museums Trust.

Anne-Marie Pope, freelance Creative Producer for Birmingham Museums, said: “After such a fun summer in the city, recent national events and increasing cost-of-living is making the imminent future look pretty dreadful.

“We want to look beyond it, beyond BMAG’s future re-opening to a point where we all might be able to see light and hope. We’ve got to start dreaming of a better future, because you’ve got to start with a positive dream to stand any hope of getting it.

“Anyone can fill out a tag and either come and hang it on the Wishing Tree or email it to or drop it in at a number of different sites.

“We want as many people as possible to have hope in their hearts and share their wishes. They will all be collated, treasured, and will help inform the museum’s future work.”

To get involved, visit Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery now until 13th November 2022, or download a tag from to take with you.


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is currently closed for essential infrastructure works. BMAG is planned to re-open to visitors in 2024 – the exact date is to be confirmed.



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