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Birmingham – A City in the Making

Innovative new galleries at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will tell the global story of a city and its people, from prehistory to the present day.

‘Not one history but many’

This exciting and ambitious project is part of BMAG’s 20 year plan – a vision for a world class museums service at the cultural heart of Birmingham.

It will transform the top floor of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to create five new galleries telling the story of the city of Birmingham and its people. Drawing on the museum’s internationally significant Birmingham History collections the displays will encompass trade and industry, civic history and architecture, local topography, manufacture and design. The long history of Birmingham’s diverse communities will be vividly explored through themes of migration, work and social life.

Find out more about the project and how you can get involved in the left hand menu. You can also follow the links below.


Meeting of the Birmingham Political Union 1832-1833 by Benjamin Robert Haydon

Find out about the new History Galleries - Your History

Discover how you can get involved - Your Involvement 

Read about about the improvements to your museum - Your Museum 

Make a donation, adopt an object or sponsor our work - Your Support 

Birmingham - A City in the Making is supported by the following organisations:



The Department for Culture Media and Sport / Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund


City of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Development Trust