University of Birmingham, Research and Cultural Collections

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The University of Birmingham Collections is a cornucopia of extraordinary artefacts, from West African masks in the Danford Collection, to important twentieth century paintings such as Peter Lanyon's mural in the Arts Building.

The University owns, displays and teaches from groups of objects within seven distinct collections, including Archaeology, Physics and Pathology. These variously play ceremonial, commemorative, decorative and didactic roles in university life.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm. To make an appointment to see a collection, please contact the relevant department via our website.

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.

University of Birmingham, Research and Cultural Collections
c/o University Curator
Main Library
The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT




0121 414 6750


0121 414 2225

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