Museum expansion plans at Birmingham and Swindon
Two museums are embarking on ambitious expansion plans.
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery has launched a £40 million appeal for funds to transform the venue into an international destination for diverse audiences. There will be new displays in more than 40 galleries, and improving accessibility, a new children’s museum, a community gallery, a larger learning suite, a restaurant with direct street access, more retail capacity and a dedicated conference and events space.
Birmingham Museums is also exploring a partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet to create a new store and cultural hub, based on the ballet company’s archives.
Dr Ellen McAdam, director of Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Birmingham’s civic collection is one of the greatest in the UK and the development project will ensure the building and its displays reflect this. The fundraising drive is the next stage in the realisation of our plans for a new museum for Birmingham, which will be truly fit for the 21st century. With the support of funders, businesses, and visitors we will create a new museum that continues to inspire generations to come.”
Birmingham’s leading figures, funders and businesses to support the ambitious plans and a major application will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund in late 2018.
And in Swindon, the Swindon Museums and Art Gallery Trust (SMAG) is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a grant of around £10 million towards a £22 million project to create a “cutting edge” venue including learning centres, event spaces, cafe and dining areas, a viewing gallery and four flexible independent gallery spaces.