This is a rare and exciting opportunity to explore, interrogate and develop the vision, ethos, and overall approach for a unique and innovative new museum of science and industry in Birmingham.
We are seeking to actively challenge the more established ways in which museums are developed and address the issue of mass participation, developing a new approach for the museum that moves away from the traditional model of passive spectatorship as a primary mode of engagement in museums. We are even looking to challenge the very notion of a museum itself. Audiences and communities will play a leading role in shaping the new museum through consultation, collaboration and co-production.
Two thirds of those in the most deprived segment of society do not currently attend museums and are the least engaged in heritage and culture (with just 34% visiting museums, Taking Part Survey 2019). This feasibility study should address this need for significant root and branch change, to ensure this new museum will be capable of serving all of Birmingham’s citizens, as well as visitors to the city. The physical shape and representation of the new museum will be explored through the feasibility study process. We want to consider a range of options, capitalising on the opportunities afforded by Our Future City Plan, and ensuring we achieve a scale that can amplify stories equally at a local and global level. Whilst we strive to showcase the breadth and depth of the internationally significant Science and Industry collections and host major international science exhibitions of global interest, the small and local must remain at the
heart, the built form drawing its cues from anti-monumentalism.
The project is to be developed through a partnership of Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT), Science Museum Group (SMG), and Birmingham City Council (BCC).
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