My first couple of days in Birmingham were spent settling in and starting my projects at Research and Cultural Collections. Here I met University Curator Clare Mullett and her team, who welcomed me with both a tea party and a dinner! The RCC team are based in a beautiful 1930s villa called Redmarley, but their collections are spread out all across campus.
The collections include, among other things, the Danford collection (West African art), The Archaeology Museum and fine and decorative art spread all across the university. I’ve had the pleasure to handle several of the different collections , but my main focus points are a collection of art by Austrian born artist Hans Schwarz, a 1960s textile by Tibor Reich and the Archaeology Museum. The RCC also hold a university heritage collection with objects such as gifts to the vice-chancellor, a formal dinner service, and the (red leather) budget box of 1950s prime minister Anthony Eden!
I will also be spending time at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Winterbourne House & Garden, The Eton Myers Collection and The Cadbury Research Library. This wide variety of collections and museums work will be educational, but most of all fun!