Birmingham Museums Trust recently opened the Faith in Birmingham gallery. It features some of the city’s most important collections, loans from the local community and from the collections of the British Museum.
Birmingham is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Europe. Over 70% of the population follows a religion, which is a higher percentage than most other cities in the UK. They include the Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jewish faiths.
The museum worked with members of these faith communities to create the gallery which focuses on ‘Faith and History’, ‘Faith and Community’, ‘Faith and Life’s Journey’ and ‘Spiritual Life’. It also highlights Birmingham’s long history of interfaith dialogue. The aim was to explore the religious significance of collections, providing the opportunity for people of faith to express their beliefs using a combination of historic and contemporary objects.
To date Faith in Birmingham has received over 20,000 visitors and we look forward to showing it to the ITP participants who visit Birmingham in summer 2016.
Curator of World Cultures