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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Costume & Textile Collection
Description
There is a substantial costume collection from Britain, Europe, South Asia and the Middle East, and of mainly 19th. century date.

The textile collection ranges in date from the 16th. C. to the present, and includes material in a very wide range of techniques. There are collections of carpets, samplers, embroidered pictures, embroideries and Ecclesiastical vestments. There are important collections of Morris and Co. textiles, lace, and embroidered textiles, and the collection presented by May Morris is also important. The "Holy Grail " tapestries by Morris and Co. are of outstanding quality and significance.
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The "Holy Grail" tapestries were woven by Morris and Co. to designs by Burne Jones, Morris and Dearle in 1890-91. The mainly British costume collection is supplemented by groups from Europe, South Asia and the Middle East. Most is of 19th.C. date, though some items are from the late 17th.C. The textile collection includes carpets, embroideries, samplers, Ecclesiastical vestments, and lace.
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Location Details

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square Birmingham West Midlands B3 3DH United Kingdom
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WM000063 
Email
bmag_enquires@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone
0121 303 2834
Fax
0121 303 1394 
Visiting Information
Free Admission (Entrance fee for some exhibitions), lift available. Monday-Thursday 10.00am - 5.00pm Friday 10.30am - 5.00pm Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 12.30pm - 5.00pm
Building Information
The original building by Yeoville Thomason is purpose built and dates from 1885. New galleries, linked by bridge to the original structure, were added over the years following the First World War. The Gas Hall exhibition gallery, converted from the old Municipal Gas Company's payments hall in the same building, was added in 1993. The Water Hall gallery for modern art, former Council offices, was added in 2001.
Collections Overview
Birmingham is the largest non-national museum service in England and Wales, and the scale and significance of its collections reflect this fact. They cover most aspects of human and natural history, and most of the collections have been Designated. The collections recorded here include those from the former Museum of Science and Industry. This museum is now closed. Some of the principal exhibits are now shown at the Thinktank museum and science centre which opened in 2002, but all the collections are still owned by Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.
Display Overview
The collections are displayed in extensive purpose-built surroundings, usually by subject. Over the last twenty years there has been a near-continuous programme of display renewal and replacement, though some still await attention. Some Science and Industry collections are shown at Thinktank.
Star Objects
The Pre-Raphaelite collection, including ‘The Last of England’ by Ford Madox Brown. Canaletto's views of Warwick Castle. ‘The Madonna and Child enthroned with Saints’, painted in the new oil technique by Bellini in Venice in 1505. An elaborately bandaged Egyptian mummy from the third century. The 2.3-metre Sultanganj Buddha, which has been on display in Birmingham Museum since 1867. The Wonderwall - a selection of the museum’s most popular objects including a 1940s bomb and a 1970s Space Hopper. The Pinto Collection of over 7000 wooden objects. Ceramics by Wedgwood, the Worcester porcelain factory, William De Morgan, the Martin Brothers and the Ruskin Pottery.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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