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Series Two


Every Tuesday, enjoy an in-depth insight into the Barber’s stunning collection through our programme of fascinating mini podcasts: series two.

Explore the Barber’s stunning collection through our weekly ten-minute talks – discussions include past and present displays, small groups of related works, an aspect of a University of Birmingham student or Barber member of staff’s own research, or single masterpieces and recent acquisitions.

The guitar music has been composed and performed by Jack Davies specifically for these mini podcasts.

These talks began as part of our initiative to bring the Barber’s collection into your home virtually, while the gallery’s doors are closed to visitors in line with government advice during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 We hope you enjoy our second series.


15 September: Student Lightning Talk: ‘Arm Reliquary’, with Nadia Sommella, University of Birmingham History of Art student
  • View ‘Arm Reliquary’ in the gallery to the right, and in the transcript
  • Transcript


8 September: Student Lightning Talk: ‘The Evening Meal’, with Maya Biddulph, University of Birmingham Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences student


1 September: Student Lightning Talk: ‘Lovers in a Landscape’, with Susanna Davis, University of Birmingham History and History of Art graduate

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