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Birmingham issues tender for masterplanner for “innovative new museum”

Birmingham Museums Trust is on the lookout for a masterplanner to work on a feasibility study for an “innovative new museum”.

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Birmingham Museums Trust is seeking a masterplanner to work on a feasibility study for a “unique and innovative” science and industry museum in Birmingham.

The £70,000 contract is being put up for tender by Birmingham Museums Trust, which is developing the museum alongside Birmingham City Council and the Science Museum Group.

The deadline for applications is September 13. Birmingham Museums Trust currently operates the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.

According to the brief: “This is a rare and exciting opportunity to explore, interrogate, and respond to the vision, ethos, and overall approach for a unique and innovative new museum for Birmingham that is being developed by Birmingham Museums Trust, supported by Birmingham City Council and Science Museum Group.

Application deadline is September 13

“A masterplanner is required as part of a wider team to deliver a feasibility study that researches and develops the site options, function, and business model for the development of a new museum for Birmingham, as a potential partnership between Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Museums Trust and the Science Museum Group.”

Birmingham Museums Trust will have a launch event on August 24 via Zoom, giving a briefing on the project and holding a Q&A. Participants can register their interest at

Last year, Birmingham Museums Trust appointed Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah as joint CEOs. The announcement further cemented the trust’s commitment to representing the diverse people of Birmingham.

Birmingham Museums also teamed up with online art and game platform Occupy White Walls, allowing players to curate their own exhibitions in a virtual museum.

Images: Birmingham Museums Trust

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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