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14th January 2014
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, part of the Birmingham Museums Trust, has teamed up with Cerebral Palsy Midlands, a locally based charity that empowers and supports people with cerebral palsy and other related disabilities from across the city and the West Midlands.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Cerebral Palsy Midlands will be working together to consult with people who have visual impairments and other physical and learning disabilities who live across Birmingham. Through a series of consultative workshops, people will give their opinions towards the development of a new exhibition for the Museum’s Staffordshire Hoard display, and how it can be as accessible and engaging as possible for people with certain conditions.
Birmingham Museums was originally awarded £704,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to be used towards the creation of a new exhibition space for the Hoard. The exhibition will display approximately 300 items from the 7th century collection, and will bring across the story and theories behind the Hoard, and how it is important in context with Anglo-Saxon history and culture. The exhibition is due to open in autumn 2014.
Richard Statham, Community Engagement Manager for Birmingham Museums Trust said: “The Staffordshire Hoard is a fantastic treasure for Birmingham and the whole of the West Midlands Region. We are delighted to be working with the group on ways we can bring the Hoard to life for all our visitors.”
Zoe Partington, a freelance artist and consultant who shall be delivering the workshops in conjunction with the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery said: ”I am delighted to be working with BMAG and CPW to develop creative interpretation resources for disabled audiences visiting the Staffordshire Hoard in the new gallery space. It is so refreshing to be working with organisations that really want positive change and inclusion of disabled people in the process of opening up our heritage for all. I look forward to getting to know all the other disabled people working on this project and being part of this incredible jewel in the heart of the West Midlands”.
For more information on the development of the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition, please contact Richard Statham (Community Engagement Manager) on 0121 303 2782
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