WHAT’S NEW

Jane’s Walk for Birmingham Museums
Our deputy chair, Jane Howell, will be a star on BBC Radio WM on Sunday morning, August 2 at about 8.40. She will tell the listeners about her walk to join up all the nine Birmingham Museums sites. So be sure to listen in – to get the latest news about her heroic fundraising feat.
To contribute to her fundraising, click here for her JustGiving page.

Historic sites – opening events. 
Birmingham Museums invite you to an exciting range of Summer treats. Most of the historic sites will be involved. Read the details by Clicking Here.

 

July 25, 2020
Birmingham Museums Trust announces the start of consultation on redundancies amongst staff. Read the formal announcement here.
This is the latest of a series of reductions in staff numbers over the past decade and is, in many ways, the most cruel. Before this natural disaster, the organisation had been stabilising and seeing a growing future.

July 20, 2020
We still do not know when Birmingham Museums will reopen, nor under what circumstances they will operate. The latest guidance is that the Central Museum will not reopen ‘before September’. If we learn more, we will let you know.
In the meantime, Birmingham Museums is appealing for support. If you wish to contribute, click here

An individual member of the Friends is embarking on her own personal campaign. To learn more, go to the Events page.

March 26, 2020
BIRMINGHAM MUSEUMS ONLINE

Although Birmingham Museums’ buildings are currently closed, you can still explore some of the remarkable objects in the collection. Just click here to follow some of the virtual tours available.

March 19, 2020
CORONAVIRUS – Covid-19

Friends of Birmingham Museums has had to respond to the emergency that has disrupted normal life for the whole country. At the time of writing there are three main impacts:
the Events programme,  the Friends Office, and Artefacts. 

We have cancelled our forward events programme. The government’s distancing rules prevent us bringing members together. We have contacted those who had booked to agree what they wished to do with their booking fees. The events further ahead in time are being retained in case the situation improves.
From Wednesday March 18, 2020, Birmingham Museums Trust closed all its buildings to the public until at least May 1. Most staff, including those in the Friends Office are obliged to work from home.
Without access to any messages left on our office telephones or to any post, the best way to contact the Friends is by email (committee.fbmag@gmail.com or fbmagmembership@gmail.com).
Because the museum sites are closed and thus most of the museum attractions are unavailable, we will not be producing “Artefacts” for the foreseeable future.

(David Foster, Chair Friends of Birmingham Museums)