2020 reports

REPORTS from 2020
Coronavirus lock down year

New CEO appointments for Birmingham Museums Trust
From November, BMT will have joint CEOs, Zak Mensah and Sara Wajid. They are replacing Dr. Ellen McAdam, who stepped down in June. The appointment is rare because of the appointment of people of colour to highest levels of leadership in UK museums. It is the only example of job-sharing at this level among UK museums.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery reopened, 
from Wednesday October 7th. It is open to booked visits only on Wednesdays through Sundays. Visits will be limited, at present to the Floor 2 galleries. The Edwardian Tearoom will be open, too.
The planned major exhibition – “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” – will be run from Saturday October 17 in the Gas Hall.

Update on Historic Sites – Sarehole Mill.
Here is the inside story of the amazing success story of Sarehole Mill during the pandemic. Click here to read Alex Nicholson-Evans’ account of what can be achieved with imagination and determination.

On-Line Lecture Series
During the summer months a series of online lectures will be showing. The first group are about local discoveries and the things you might accidentally uncover during your walks. Click here to learn more and how to join in.

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.

March 26, 2020

Whether Birmingham Museums’ buildings are open or closed, you can always explore some of the remarkable objects in the collection. Just click here to follow some of the virtual tours available.