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Birmingham Museum plans new galleries for city's history
Artists impression of one of the new galleries
The galleries will chart Birmingham's history

Work is set to begin on the next stage of a new wing at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to showcase the city's history.

The building and fit-out for 'Birmingham - A City in the Making' will start in December 2010.

The £9.7 million pound project is set for completion in September 2012.

Council cabinet members gave the green light to the next phase of the project which is partly funded by £4.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A 'landmark destination'

Birmingham City Council says the new galleries will focus on the history and development of Birmingham and its people and will serve as "a landmark destination for visitors to the city who want an insight into its historical significance."

Artists impression of one of the new galleries
Displays will cover from 1500 to the present day

The new project will be housed in over 1000m2 of refurbished galleries and will involve the re-display and re-interpretation of the museum's Birmingham related collections.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney said: "I'm delighted we are able to move on with this exciting project which will transform the way we tell the story of Birmingham and its people.

Unique collections

"The project will showcase a unique collection of objects dating from 1500 to the present day," he added.

Cllr Mullaney said they were also grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

He said: "Without HLF support this project would not have been possible."

Rita McLean Head of Museums and Heritage Services added: "This is the first phase of an ambitious long-term master plan for the Museum and Art Gallery which will transform what is already an important venue and enable it to fulfil its full potential as a world-class cultural asset."


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