Research and Cultural Collections, University of Birmingham

Research and Cultural Collections Study Centre
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From Alabaster vessels to Zoomorphic masks, from medical instruments to modern British landscape paintings, the University of Birmingham’s Research and Cultural Collections hosts a vast range of extraordinary artefacts that play a valuable social, cultural and educational role in campus life and wider communities.

Since our beginnings, objects have been integral to teaching and research at the University of Birmingham, with the result that collections are often embedded within various academic departments relevant to their origins or purpose. They cover a breadth of disciplines and reflect the range of academic work at the University. Other collections are dispersed throughout the campus in the very places where students and staff study and relax, offering inspiration and enlightenment to all.

The University of Birmingham’s Research and Cultural Collections comprise several thousand artefacts, of local, national and international significance and through exhibitions, displays, talks, tours and classes, we aim to make them accessible to staff, students, researchers and the general publics.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Please see our website for details of temporary exhibitions, events and publically accessible collections.
To make an appointment to see a particular collection, please contact us by email or phone.

Admission charges

Admission Free

The main collections consist of the Archaeology collection, the Historic Physics Instruments, Medical Waxes, Zoology collection, Great Hall portraits, the Danford Collection of West African art and artefacts and the Fine and Decorative Art around campus.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • As you walk around the campus you will see the University's diverse sculpture collection. Old and new are on show, from the 1722 statute of King George I by Van Nost, at the East Gate, to Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's Faraday at the West Gate, given by the artist to mark the University's Centenary in 2000. Other works to be seen are King Edward VII by Alfred Drury in the Aston Webb Building; Woman in a hat by Bernard Sindall, outside Staff House; Mermaid by William Bloye, Guild Courtyard; The Wrestlers by E Bainbridge Copnall, outside Mechanical Engineering; Ancestor I by Barbara Hepworth, University Square; and the rediscovered marble bust of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema by Onslow Ford is on show in the Heslop Room of the Main Library. There are also two murals sited in the Arts Building Foyer, by 20th century artists Peter Lanyon and John Walker.

Research and Cultural Collections, University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
B15 2SD




0121 414 6750

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