barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

From the Director

I’m delighted to announce that the Barber will be reopening very soon. We are in the final stages of preparations which will ensure that a visit to the Barber is safe and enjoyable and in alignment with government, museum sector and University of Birmingham Covid-19 secure guidelines. Our scheduled date for reopening the galleries for public visits is 23 September, but please keep an eye on this website and our social media channels in case of last minute changes.

Like all museums which have gone through the reopening process, we have put in place some changes to the visitor journey and gallery experience, all with the well-being, health and safety of visitors and staff in mind. All visitors, including members of the Barber Association, will need to book free timed tickets in advance through Art Tickets, the online system generously supplied by the Art Fund. Entry by timed tickets will help keep numbers to a low capacity so that it is easy and comfortable to maintain 2m social distancing and it also gathers the contact details which museums are required by law to provide in support of NHS Test and Trace if needed. All visitors (unless exempt) must wear face coverings while visiting the Barber; this is law in museums and galleries in England and all staff will be wearing visors or face masks to help keep everyone safe. For more details on everything we have put in place and what we ask of our visitors, please see our Covid-19 FAQs or watch our short film (available soon).

Of course, the most important things are unchanged: the superlative quality of the art, the delightful airy spaciousness of our galleries, and the friendliness of our team. Although we’ve been busy over these last six months, keeping our collections cared for and developing a wealth of new digital initiatives, nothing replaces the experience of being in the presence of a great painting, wonderful sculpture or a fascinating drawing.

Whether you are a returning visitor, eager to be reacquainted with old favourites, or perhaps coming to the Barber for the very first time, with your interest piqued by our online activities, we really look forward to welcoming you. See you soon!

Very best wishes



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