Birmingham Museum Collection Centre - A Birmingham Gem!

The Birmingham Museum Collection Centre is a museum collection facility in Nechells, Birmingham on Dollman Street. Now run by the Birmingham Museums Trust (Birmingham City Council until 2012).


The Birmingham Museum Collection Centre is located at 25 Dollman Street in Nechells, Birmingham.

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Warehouse at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (September 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

When there is no room at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, or the other City museums such as Thinktank, the collection goes here. Such as old Austin cars, marble busts, statues or sculptures no longer on display, engines and a lot more. There are sometimes free open days during the year such as when it is Birmingham Heritage Week or at other times of the year.

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Rover SD1 Automatic (1981) in the garage at Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (May 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Objects in Cages (Lockers) at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

You first enter an area in the Museum Collection Centre with various small objects in cages, or lockers with metal bar doors, that you can see the objects through. They usually have tags on them.

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Vintage toy cars in the cages / lockers at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (May 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Sri Lankan masks in the cage / locker at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (September 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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The Warehouse at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

This large indoor space, holds many of Birmingham's largest objects, such as engines, busts, motorbikes and bicycles. On shelves reaching up to the ceiling. A bit like the famous warehouse in the Indiana Jones movies.

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Warehouse at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (May 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Douglas 4hp Motorcycle (1918) in the Warehouse at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (September 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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The Garage at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

In here you will find a variety of classic cars made in Birmingham and the West Midlands, plus an old fire engine and bin lorry. The statue of George Dawson is also in this space, plus the model of the Proposed Civic Centre.

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Rover PB5 Automatic (1971) in the Garage at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (May 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Ariel Convertible Car (1924) in the Garage at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (May 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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Objects Outside of the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Sometimes various statues go into storage, and the plinths are covered all over in graffiti. Other works of art are removed, such as the Spirit of Enterprise fountain (formerly in Centenary Square), and they remain there (and unrestored) to this day.

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Graffiit covered plinth of the original Thomas Attwood statue seen outside of the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (May 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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The Spirit of Enterprise fountain seen outside of the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (May 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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Vintage Bus ride to the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

You could make your own way to the free open day, either by car, bus or train (to Duddeston Station). Or you could catch a vintage bus from Snow Hill Queensway, as what happened in September 2018.

Vintage bus at Snow Hill Queensway

Catching a vintage bus from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (September 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

Vintage bus ride to the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (September 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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