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Starting a Spectacular Summer at Birmingham’s Museums

Starting a Spectacular Summer at Birmingham’s Museums

29th March 2012

On Sunday 1 April 2012, a number of Birmingham’s incredible historic venues and museums will once again, open to the public. Following a winter hiatus, Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill and Weoley Castle will be open daily from 1 April until 28 October 2012. Soho House is undergoing a major renovation and will open to the public 30 June 2012.

Each and every venue offers its visitors a fascinating historic experience, and Birmingham Museums have an inspiring programme of new exhibitions, events, guided tours and family activities for all ages to enjoy in 2012. Visitors can discover where Tolkien found his inspiration at Sarehole Mill’s new ‘Signposts to Middle-earth’ exhibition and join in the hobbit fun at the Middle-earth weekend on 19 & 20 May. From 30 June, visitors are invited to tour the newly renovated Soho House and exhibition ‘Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires’ to explore the place where Boulton first formed the world-renowned Lunar Society. And over at Aston Hall, visitors will be inspired by an exciting new contemporary art exhibition ‘Curious Visitors: The Arts Council Collection’ open 30 June - 23 September 2012.

Chris Rice, Head of Heritage Services at Birmingham Museums comments; “2012 is an exciting year for all of the heritage venues in Birmingham. We have lots of new events and exhibitions to entertain all ages, and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more visitors from across the region and further a field.”

Also on 1 April 2012, Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House and Weoley Castle, along with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Museums Collections Centre, will officially join forces with Thinktank Trust to create Birmingham Museums Limited. The new organisation will allow visitors to all venues to take advantage of even more educational and entertaining events and activities, ranging from arts and crafts to history and culture from around the world.

Ticket prices apply to all venues. For more information on all the events and activities at the Birmingham Museum venues, look at What's On.

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