Venues & Collections

CULTURE ON CAMPUS

University of Birmingham’s leafy Edgbaston campus is home to a diverse cultural offer with free admission to public museums, galleries, archives, libraries and cultural venues.

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Winterbourne House and Garden
www.winterbourne.org.uk

Photograph of Winterbourne House & Garden covered in snow.
 
On the University campus only minutes from Birmingham city centre, the opportunity to step back in time awaits you. Winterbourne House and Garden is home to beautiful antiques, exhibition rooms telling the story of the house’s former owners, and a delightful Arts and Crafts garden to explore and enjoy.

Wander through the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquility of this perfectly English Edwardian home. Winterbourne also hosts an exciting line-up of family events, exhibitions and house and garden tours throughout the year.

Opening hours:  April – October, 10am -5.30pm | November – March, 10am – 4.30pm. Please note the house opens at 11am on weekends. Last entry is one hour before closing.

Contact: Winterbourne House and Garden, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RT. T: 0121 414 3003 | E: enquiries@winterbourne.org.uk

Admission: Free for University of Birmingham students

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Cadbury Research Library | Special Collections 
www.birmingham.ac.uk/crl

Cadbury Research Library
Cadbury Research Library

Explore a wealth of treasures in the Cadbury Research Library, home of the University’s Special Collections. Read Chamberlain’s personal thoughts about his meetings with Hitler during the Munich crisis of 1938, be amazed by the beauty and elegance of Persian manuscripts dating back to the 12th century, browse through some of the greatest books ever published including first editions of Charles Dickens and magnificent works from the printing press of William Morris lavishly illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones.

The Cadbury Research Library holds approximately 120,000 pre-1850 books dating from 1471 and some 3 million manuscripts as well as the University’s own heritage archive collection. All interested researchers, whether members of the University or external users, are welcome.

Opening hours:  Mon, 10am – 5pm | Tue, Wed & Fri, 9am – 5pm | Thu, 9am – 7pm

Contact: T: 0121 414 5839 | E: special-collections@bham.ac.uk

Admission:  Free

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Research and Cultural Collections
www.birmingham.ac.uk/rcc  | www.facebook.com/ResearchAndCulturalCollections
 
Research and Cultural Collections features a cornucopia of artefacts, including Pop Art, West African masks, an Egyptian coffin lid, medical waxes, celestial globes, historical science equipment, and objects relating to the University’s history and heritage. The extraordinary multi-disciplinary array of objects within the Research and Cultural Collections means there is something to appeal to everyone!

Photograph of a Decorative Key, Research and Cultural Collections, University of Birmingham

Our department cares for and exhibits the University’s collections, displayed both within related departments and around the campuses.  There are nine distinct collections comprising over 6000 objects that have ceremonial, commemorative, decorative and didactic roles in University life.

Regular exhibitions are held in the magnificent Rotunda of the Aston Webb building and details can be found on the website. There is also a varied programme of tours, talks, and family events throughout the year, and a Student Project Programme for those who would like to volunteer to work with the collections.

Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm (all collections are open to the public by prior appointment with the school or department concerned)

Contact: T: 0121 414 6750 | E: rcc@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Admission:  Free by appointment only

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The Lapworth Museum of Geology
www.lapworth.bham.ac.uk
 
Want to travel back over 4.5 billion years without leaving Birmingham?

The Lapworth Museum of Geology, the largest collection of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands, brings together internationally important specimens and unique local collections to explain the history of the Earth.

We have some of the finest fossils from the Wenlock Limestone of Dudley, when Central England lay beneath a warm tropical sea, including the famous Dudley Bug or Dudley Locust. There are also beautifully preserved fossils from the Black Country coalfields revealing a time when swamps with ferns, fish, millipedes, cockroaches, spiders and giant dragonflies covered the Midlands. Whilst the remains of woolly mammoths, woolly rhinos, wolves and cave bear provide a glimpse of life during the Ice Age.

From further a field there are beautifully preserved pterosaurs, fish and insects from the Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. We also have outstanding collections of fossil fish from around the world, and weird and wonderful animals from the world-famous Burgess Shale of British Columbia which show what life was like 510 million years ago.

The mineral and gem collections, some of which date back to the 18th century, contain over 15,000 specimens from all over the world with rare and beautiful examples that display stunning colours and exquisite crystal forms.  

Come to the Lapworth Museum and take a trip through time!

Opening hours:  Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm | Sat – Sun, 12pm – 5pm

Contact: T: 0121 414 7294 | E: lapworth@contacts.bham.ac.uk| w: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/lapworth

Admission: Free
 
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Main Library
www.birmingham.ac.uk/libraries

University of Birmingham’s Main Library building opened in 1959. Books donated to the Mason College Library over a century ago laid the foundation of the University Library.

The Main Library holds most of the University of Birmingham’s Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering material alongside an impressive search tools which will help you find books, journals and electronic resources including journal articles and the University’s own research and publications from the library’s collections and beyond.

The Main Library Foyer is home to a permanent display case which houses Special Collections material and small exhibitions – please refer to website for details.

Opening hours: Please see website for opening hours

Contact: T: 0121 414 5828 
 
Admission: Free to University members. Non-University members, please refer to website.

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
www.barber.org.uk

Photograph of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Monet, Manet and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and Van Dyck- not to mention Botticelli, Poussin, Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Hodgkin…

You can see key works by all these- and many more- great artists in the galleries at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. There’s also a stunning coin gallery and an exciting programme of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, workshops and family activities.

Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm | Sat – Sun, 11am – 5pm

Contact: 0121 414 7333

Admission: Free

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Bramall Music Building
www.birmingham.ac.uk/bramall

Photograph of the Bramall Music Building's Dome Rehearsal Room at University of Birmingham
Dome Rehearsal Room, Bramall Music Building

100 years after the opening of the original Aston Webb building, the iconic, red-brick heart of the University since 1909, the Bramall Music Building finally completes Joseph Chamberlain’s original architectural vision.Bramall Music Building is home to the state of the art Elgar concert hall and residence for the University’s world renowned Department of Music. The main auditorium is the most flexible performance space at any UK university – suitable for performances from solo voice, early music, to a full symphony orchestra. When not used for music, it is a high profile location for drama and dance performance and for prestigious lectures.

For full programme listings, visit the Bramall Music Building website.

Contact: T: 0121 414 8861 | E: Bramallenquiries@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Admission: please refer to website for programme details and ticket prices

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For more information on the university’s cultural venues and collections:
Visit us online: www.birmingham.ac.uk/culture
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