Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is giving people more time to enter for the chance to become a human artefact in its new exciting permanent exhibition, Birmingham: its people, its history.
Anyone interested in becoming a Birmingham Exhibitionist - ordinary people with extraordinary stories or links to the history of the city – have an extra week to apply, with the deadline now extended to midnight on 5 October, 2012.
The opportunity is open to everyone, from dance groups and musicians to intellectuals and business leaders, as long as they are happy to share their experiences with visitors to the museum.
The selected Birmingham Exhibitionists will be positioned on a specially created podium, which has been unveiled in the gallery this week, during 12-18 October. They will also be able to bring an artefact with them to represent their links to the city.
Along with members of the public, well known people from the region have been invited to take part. Nick Holzherr, who appeared on the BBC’s Apprentice and Sameena Ali-Kahn, from ITV Central News are just two of the personalities who will take to the podium during the week.
Ann Sumner, Director of Birmingham Museums says: “We are really excited about the launch of Birmingham: its people, its history. 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.”
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.
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.
All entries need to be received by midnight on the Friday 5th October, with The Birmingham Exhibitionists unveiled from the 12 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.