New exhibitions, displays, improved access and even dinosaurs are all on the cards as Birmingham’s historic Museum and Art Gallery embarks upon planned renovation work to the building and its facilities.
The major overhaul and new plans come after an agreement was reached between Birmingham council and the Birmingham Museums Trust on a new long lease on the historic building in Chamberlain Square. The new lease will help the museum gain access to vital heritage and arts funding.
Director Ellen McAdam of Birmingham Museums Trust said the plans, “creates a once-in- a-century chance for Birmingham Museums Trust to renew the Museum and Art Gallery, creating a new museum for Birmingham.
“To complement the general upgrade of the building, Birmingham Museums Trust will develop a project that addresses long-standing problems around wayfinding, disabled access and collections care.
“But the biggest changes will be to the displays. The museum team will work with community groups and experts to rethink the city’s collection and showcase it in new, exciting ways, attracting the city’s young, multicultural audiences and international visitors to the city.
“Our vision is to reflect Birmingham to the world, and the world to Birmingham. We will even bring back the much-missed T Rex, or at least a close relative.”
Her last comment is a reference to a proposed visit of the London Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus to the museum and there is also talk of a permanent dinosaur exhibition.