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Hunt Begins For Human Exhibits

Hunt Begins For Human Exhibits

14th September 2012

Become A Living Artefact At New ‘Birmingham: Its People, Its History’

Has anyone ever told you - maybe because of your knowledge, your impressive gadget collection, or your family history - that you belong in a museum?
Well, now you can prove them right! Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is launching a search this month for Birmingham Exhibitionists - ordinary people with extraordinary stories or links to the history of the city - to temporarily become human artefacts to celebrate the new exciting exhibition, Birmingham: its people, its history.
Seven selected Birmingham Exhibitionists will be positioned on a podium at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery for a dedicated time slot, between 12th- 18th October 2012. They will become the key attraction, giving visitors to the museum the opportunity to ask them about their experiences of the city.  
Ann Sumner, Director of Birmingham Museums says: “We are looking for people with compelling stories to tell about their life, or links with Birmingham, and want to share their experiences with others. The only qualification needed is that entrants are willing to share their history, and are able to bring an interesting object with them that represents their life in the city.”
Birmingham: its people, its history will give people the opportunity to discover the broad history of Birmingham from its origins with Peter de Birmingham, and the pivotal role it has played in creating and shaping our modern world. From Medieval metalwork and 18th century decorative arts through to Victorian costume and objects from the two world wars, these new galleries will give visitors access to hundreds of artefacts, many of which have never been on public display before.
Ann Sumner adds: “A major element of the new area is ‘Your Birmingham’, in which objects donated by Birmingham residents and local organisations are on display. This includes: poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s first typewriter; pieces from the Large Hadron Collider donated by Brandauer; and boxing gloves from Britain’s first black heavyweight boxing champion, Bunny Johnson. We have put a lot of the exhibition together in collaboration with the local community and that’s why we want to find Birmingham Exhibitionists, to become museum artefacts in their own right.”
To enter, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and can either submit a short video via the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Facebook page explaining why they deserve to be a Birmingham Exhibitionist and what object they would bring with them to display, or email a completed application form and attach a photo to Madeleine.birch@mccann.com
All entries need to be received by Friday 5th October, with The Birmingham Exhibitionists unveiled from the 12th October at the Museum.
The Birmingham Exhibitionists has been developed as part of a wider project to develop, open up, and make more accessible the Birmingham Histories Galleries - awarded £4.8million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for five new galleries to tell the story of the city of Birmingham and its people, housing objects dating from Medieval times to the present day.  

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