Galleries closed

Our galleries remain closed. The Barber Institute’s galleries remain closed in line with the current national coronavirus lockdown in England. We hope to be able to reopen when guidelines permit. Please see the current restrictions here. Meanwhile, please enjoy our online activities and digital access to the collection. The Art Ticket system is not currently available and … Read more

From the Director

Steps towards reopening in May! Step 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown is on schedule for 12 April, so we now have a spring in our step! This progress means we can look forward and plan for Step 3 in the government roadmap, the earliest point at which museums in England can reopen. … Read more

Barber Health

Barber Health: Our Collection – Your Wellbeing Major health and art project set for central role at the Barber. The Barber is hosting its own nurse in residence as part of Barber Health, a pioneering scheme placing health and wellbeing at the heart of our engagement work. Using the gallery and its collection to address … Read more

Students at the Heart of Barber Health

Student engagement will be central to the Barber Institute’s groundbreaking new Barber Health project, and will range from elective academic placements through to opportunities to help deliver workshops and activities for campus and community. Barber Health starts this spring, thanks to a £40,000 Art Fund grant. Using the gallery and its collection to address the health and … Read more

The Barber is Grade 1 Listed

The Barber – once described as ‘the perfect place to contemplate art’ – has been awarded the highest heritage honour: Grade 1-listed building status. Historic England’s new web listing – an upgrading from Grade 2 praises the Barber as ‘a building of exquisite architectural quality’, recognising ‘the sophisticated design which follows logically from its plan, … Read more


Discover our stunning collections online – from Renaissance altarpieces to French Impressionists, watercolours to etchings, and 20th-century sculpture to ancient coins. Whether you’re scrolling to browse our masterpieces, or searching for a particular familiar face, follow the links below to enjoy… Paintings Works on Paper Coins Sculpture & Decorative Art University Collections