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Birmingham local history gets grant to improve its collection

The Car Hire Birmingham Airport team consider the award to the local museums great for showcasing the city’s history.

An award of nearly £400,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been given to the Birmingham Museums Trust to improve its local history collection. The money will help to pay for two new roles to carry out a unique collecting project with local community groups.

Dr Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, said “This is a very important award for us, and we are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will support Birmingham Museums in engaging with groups and individuals to collect objects that have meaning for them. Birmingham has the most diverse population in Europe, and we want to reflect this in our museums. We are putting the people of Birmingham in the driving seat; they will decide what we collect to tell their history to future generations.”

The ‘Collecting Birmingham’ project will focus on four local areas of Aston, Soho, Nechells and Ladywood. The funding will also support two new positions at the museum; a Collecting Cultures Curator and Outreach Officer post. Recruitment for these two new posts will start this year, and with a view to starting the collections process in 2015.

Birmingham Museums Trust manages the city’s internationally significant museum collection and historic venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The city’s collection is displayed and stored at; Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museums Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle ruins.