Birmingham Museum and Artwork Gallery set to reopen and the foundations you will need to know

The Gas Hall entrance during Birmingham

The preferred free attraction in Birmingham metropolis centre is reopening its doorways after being mothballed for greater than six months.

The Birmingham Museum & Artwork Gallery (BMAG) has been closed since March however is about to welcome again pre-booked guests eager to see a brand new show from metropolis artist Chilly Struggle Steve (see above video).

A survey printed in 2018 by VisitEngland confirmed that BMAG was town’s second hottest free attraction with greater than 11,000 guests per week in 2017.

Initially opened 135 years in the past in 1885, its annual whole of 602,000 guests was second solely to the 1.13 million who had been to MAC Birmingham – virtually 22,000 per week.

The Gas Hall entrance during Birmingham's 2007 Equiano exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of the ending of slavery with a look at the life of the leading black abolitionist
The Edmund Road entrance to the Birmingham Museum and Artwork Gallery through the 2007 Equiano exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery

A spokesperson for BMAG stated: “We are going to comply with the rules and modify our plans as wanted if the small print of the native lockdown change, however primarily based on the newest restrictions we’re nonetheless capable of reopen.

“Guests should pre-book free timed tickets (no per than six per reserving) and comply with the one-way route by way of the museum, getting into through the Gasoline Corridor entrance on Edmund Road.

“We now have launched a spread of measures to make sure guests have a protected and pleasant expertise.

“Solely the Stage 2 galleries will reopen, together with the prospect to see artwork spanning eight centuries, from Renaissance masterpieces by way of to Pre-Raphaelite favourites and gorgeous works by main trendy British artists.

“The Gasoline Corridor will open for the Wildlife Photographer of the Yr exhibition from Saturday 17 October.”

  • The well-known Edwardian Tearooms are reopening the place you must wait to be seated for desk service solely.
  • Sandwiches and cold and warm drinks will even be obtainable for takeaway.

Cold War Steve - artist Christopher Spencer - with Benny's Babbies, on display until April 18 2021. The former probation officer from Birmingham began making photomontage art on the bus to work and regularly posts new works on Twitter
Chilly Struggle Steve – artist Christopher Spencer – with Benny’s Babbies, on show till April 18 2021.

New occasions and tips for BMAG

Birmingham Museum and Artwork Gallery might be open from 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

The one manner in might be by way of Edmund Road’s Gasoline Corridor entrance.

Comply with the one-way system after which go away through the Chamberlain Sq. doorways across the nook.

Friends should prebook as a result of capability has been diminished to fulfill social distancing tips.

Christmas in Birmingham 2020

Though entry is free, there might be a possibility to make a donation.

Sections no accessible on Stage three embody ceramics, jewelry, metalworks, Anciant Egypt, Historical Close to East, Historical Greece, Rome and Cyprus and Birmingham Historical past – however there’s a BMAG digital tour

Stage 2 galleries that might be open embody the Staffordshire Hoard, Birmingham Individuals & Locations, Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites.

Working April 18, 2021, the sights in Gallery 23 will embody three works in a brand new show by Chilly Struggle Steve, together with Bennies Babbies which options Black Sabbath on prime of the Rotunda.

Artist Christopher Spencer is a former probation officer from Birmingham.

He started making photomontage artwork on the bus to work and now often posts on Twitter – you possibly can see him speaking about his fears of censorship within the video above.

A twilight view of the Industrial Gallery at Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery which leads towards the Edwardian Tea Rooms
A twilight view of the Industrial Gallery at Birmingham Museum And Artwork Gallery which leads in the direction of the Edwardian Tea Rooms

Strict guidelines

  • Don’t enter if… you’re feeling unwell, are exhibiting any signs of Covid-19 or within the final 14 days have had contact with anybody who has had the virus.
  • Cowl your face when contained in the constructing and use hand sanitiser open getting into and often throughout your go to.
  • Hold a protected distance from all others.
  • When you could also be requested in your title and reserving quantity don’t go your cellphone or printed tickets to members of workers.
  • Just one bubble/household group might be permitted to make use of every bathroom facility at anyone time.
  • At all times comply with the one-way system.
  • Contactless cost most well-liked and all transactions might be with playing cards solely.
  • Lockers aren’t obtainable.

The Edwardian Tea Rooms reopening in July 2014 after their restoration
The Edwardian Tea Rooms reopening in July 2014 after their restoration

Reopening in context

Plans to reopen BMAG had been introduced on September 9 – virtually three weeks after the profitable reopening of the Ikon Gallery in Brindleyplace on August 20.

The information got here regardless that MAC Birmingham had already introduced its closure for the 12 months and had been placing workers vulnerable to redundancy, whereas Birmingham Hippodrome had beforehand axed its large Christmas panto with Jason Donovan

The town has additionally now seen the cancellation of the Birmingham German Market in addition to Ice Skate Birmingham’s Ice Rink and Massive Wheel in Centenary Sq..

And following final Friday evening’s announcement that the brand new James Bond film No Time To Die was being put again one other 5 months to subsequent April, Cineworld introduced it was closing all of its cinemas from this week.

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