Adult events from Birmingham Museums

Adult events from Birmingham Museums

Please find details below of the many events and activities across Birmingham Museums 9 sites, including the Museum and Art Gallery, Thinktank, the Collections Centre and the Heritage Sites.

Please use the quick links below to jump to the type of activity that you are looking for or browse the full selection.

Specialist days/ workshops
Special Event – UK Government Science Advisor Talk

The Planet in Our Hands: Responding to climate change

Prof Sir Mark Walport and Prof Alice Roberts

Date:Wed 26th Feb
Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.
Venue: Thinktank Theatre, Level 2, Millennium Point
Tickets: £5 per person

Sir Mark Walport is the new Chief Science Adviser to the UK Government. He has a background in immunology and now turns his attentions to the most pressing issue we face as a global society: our climate. In this series of talks across the UK he discusses with public audiences what the science tells us, and asks what should we, as a developed nation, do in response?

Sir Mark will be joined by Prof Alice Roberts, Chair of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. Alice is a clinical anatomist and has presented a range of programmes on BBC2 including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, and Prehistoric Autopsy. Her latest series, Ice Age Giants, airs on BBC2 this spring.

This event has been made possible by the Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) working in partnership with the Government Office for Science.

This is a ticketed event and tickets can be bought in advance at the Thinktank Ticket desk, by phone on 0121 202 2222 or online.

Birmingham Cafe Scientifique

Dr Allan Walton, University of Birmingham

The Rare Earth Crisis – Fact or Fiction ?

Date: Tues 4th Feb
Time: 6.00pm for 7.00pm start. The upstairs bar will be open for food and drink orders from 5.00pm.
Venue: The Jekyll and Hyde, Gin Parlour Room. 28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ
Tickets: FREE

In recent years the supply of rare earth metals and alloys has come under pressure due to increasing demand for some of the rare earth elements and because of supply restrictions from the main producer, China. This has elevated the rare earth metals to the top of the critical materials lists in the EU, Japan and US and resulted in dramatic price fluctuations for these materials. Neodymium and dysprosium, which are used in neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets, have been highlighted in particular. NdFeB magnets are used in a wide variety of high tech and clean technologies, for example in consumer electronics and wind turbines and play a pivotal role in modern day society.

No booking required, just an open mind. Seating is limited so it is advisable to arrive early. The upstairs bar will be open for food and drink orders from 5.00pm. Recent evenings have been standing room only!

For more information, visit , become a member of the Birmingham Cafe Scientifique group on Facebook or follow the discussion on Twitter @thinktankmuseum #brumcafesci

Meet the Expert – Curatorial Talk

Henrietta Lockhart

Birmingham’s Role in the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Date: Tues 18th Feb
Time: 1.00pm
Venue: Round Room, Museum and Art Gallery
Tickets: £3 per person

Join curator Henrietta Lockhart for this gallery talk that will examine some of the Birmingham people who made a vital contribution to the campaigns for abolition.
This talk is part of an ongoing programme to accompany our new Birmingham History Galleries, ‘Birmingham – it’s people, it’s history’.
Tickets are available from the Vestibule Reception desk (adjacent to the Round Room). Please meet Henrietta in the Round Room at 1pm.




Meet the Expert – Exhibition talk

Photorealism exhibition talk by John Salt

Date: Sat 22nd Feb
Time: 1.00pm
Venue: Gas Hall, Museum and Art Gallery
Tickets: £3 per person

Birmingham-born artist John Salt discusses his paintings Bride and White Chevy, Red Trailer which are included in the exhibition and the techniques used to create them.

Tickets can be purchased on the day from Gas Hall reception.

The talk accompanies the Photorealism exhibition – to attend this event you must purchase a ticket for the exhibition, or show your ticket or proof of purchase from a previous visit.
Places for talks are limited (30 places available), please arrive early to avoid disappointment. No advance bookings – tickets available from 10am on the day only.
1pm in the Gas Hall.
The exhibition catalogue and postcards are available from the Gas Hall reception and in the museum shop.

Image: John Salt, White Chevy – Red Trailer, 1975, airbrushed acrylic on canvas, image © John Salt, photo © Birmingham Museums Trust




Newcomen Society

David Williams

Early Military Gunmaking in Birmingham

Date: Wed 5th Feb
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm start.
Venue: Thinktank Theatre, Level 2, Millennium Point
Tickets: FREE

Professor Williams has, in the past, spoken to the Branch on aspects of gunmaking. This talk aims to add to our picture of the Birmingham military Gun Trade during the flintlock ere from the re-arming of William III to the Napoleonic Wars. It will include the work of Farmer and Galton, Ketland and Whitehouse and the relationship of the Birmingham Trade to other centres.

Take Part in Research

Would you and your family like to help push forwards the boundaries of modern research?

The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham are looking for families with 4 to 7 year olds to take part in their research programme on self-control and tool making in young children. The tests will take place at Thinktank on days that are suitable for the families and are lots of fun for the children involved.

If you are a family or know of a family that might like to be involved in these studies, please do get in touch. For information on the studies and to find contact details, please visit
Museum and Art Gallery – guided tours

Date: Thurs, Sat, Sun
Time: Thurs 1.00pm, Sat and Sun 2.30pm
Venue: Museum and Art Gallery
Tickets: £3 per person

Guided tours on a range of themes led by our experienced museum guides.

Please purchase your ticket on the day from the Vestibule reception desk, adjacent to the Round Room. Your guide will meet you in the Round Room to begin the tour.

Guided tours last for approximately 45 minutes some may be longer – please feel free to discuss this with your guide on the day.
Blakesley Hall – Tuesday Tour

Date: Tues 4th, 11th, 25th Feb
Time: 11.00am
Venue: Blakesley Hall reception
Tickets: £7 per person

A special chance to visit Blakesley Hall during our closed season. Enjoy a guided tour from one of our lively staff and discover more about our exciting history. Tour lasts an hour and includes tea/coffee and a walk to Old Yardley village.

Each tour has a special focus:

4th Feb – Folklore and Custom

11th Feb – Feast and Famine – the life and times of a Jacobean heiress

25th Feb – Housekeeping the Hall

Tickets can be booked in advance on 0121 464 2193
Aston Hall – Winter guided tours

Date: Wed 5th, 12th, 26th Feb
Time: 11.00am
Venue: Aston Hall reception
Tickets: £7 per person

Join staff at Aston Hall for a guided tour during our closed season. Take a walk around the Hall with one of our expert guides and learn about the Hall’s history and its people.

Tickets include tea/coffee after your tour.

Tour starts at 11am and lasts about an hour.

Limited places and booking required, please ring Aston Hall on 07842029477.

Please dress warmly as the Hall in winter can be VERY cold!
Sarehole Mill – Winter guided tours

Date: Fri 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Feb
Time: 11.00am
Venue: Sarehole Mill
Tickets: £7 per person

Join staff at the mill for a guided tour in our closed season. See what repairs and maintenance take place and learn about the mill’s history and how the milling machinery works.

Tour starts at 11am and lasts about an hour. Limited places and booking required, please ring the mill on 0121 7776612.

Please dress very warm as the mill in winter is VERY cold. After the tour tea/coffee will be served in the tearoom, where the wood fired stove will provide some well deserved warmth.
Museum Collections Centre Open Afternoon

Date: Fri 28th Feb
Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue: Museum Collections Centre
Tickets: FREE

The Museum Collections Centre will be open to give visitors a chance to see the fascinating stored collections and go behind the scenes.

Please note that the MCC is located at 25 Dollman Street, Nechells, B7 4RQ

There is free car parking on site or the nearest train station is Duddeston.
The open afternoon does not involve a tour but is a chance to view the stored collections at your own pace.
Places are free but must be booked in advance. To book please contact Louise Alden by email at are call the Museum Collections Centre on 0121 303 0190/303 165
Lunchtime guitar concert

Leo Turner

Date: Fri 7th Feb
Time: 1.10pm to 1.50pm
Venue: Round Room, Museum and Art Gallery
Tickets: FREE

Join us for these popular and informal guitar concerts in the beautiful setting of the museum’s Round Room, on the first Friday of the month.

The performances feature works from the Renaissance to the present day, covering Classical, Latin, Jazz and Spanish styles. Frances Griffin and Leo Turner have performed extensively throughout the UK and in Europe, on Television and radio both at home and abroad.
Volunteer Open Day

Date: Sun 9th Feb
Time: 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Venue: Soho House

Do you like talking to people and Birmingham History then why not volunteer at one of the Heritage Sites? – Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House and Weoley Castle Ruins.

Come along, meet us and find out more!

Drop in between 12-2pm and find out about volunteering at one of the Heritage Sites.