Family Workshop | Gallery in a Box

Tuesday 31 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm If you could build your own gallery, what would it look like? What would it be called? What would you display in it? Join the Barber team this half-term holiday and create a gallery in a box! Discover all about how galleries are made in our print bay display … Read more


Advance booking for admission to the galleries ended 27 February 2022. As of 1 March, visitors are welcome simply to turn up. Our permanent collection, exhibitions and displays are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm – but please check the website before your visit in case of any last-minute changes. We are maintaining some … Read more

The Last of England is a first for the Barber

Visitors this New Year will be greeted by three of the greatest paintings from the collection usually on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The trio of internationally significant masterpieces have been lent by Birmingham Museums Trust for a two-year period to the Barber – where they will hang among our own collection. The … Read more

The First Dictators

Politics, Propaganda and the Collapse of the Roman Republic If you thought fake news, personal propaganda – and political strongmen shifting democracies toward dictatorship – were modern phenomena, then this exhibition invites you to think again. The First Dictators explores how coins were used for propaganda purposes during the dying days of the Roman Republic … Read more

Reclaiming the Foxglove

A revelatory project undertaken by the Barber and the University’s College of Medical and Dental Sciences has explored the fascinating part played by women in the hidden history of a common wild plant – and its role in the treatment of heart disease. Reclaiming the Foxglove is the first instalment of an ongoing partnership between … Read more

Online shop

Find unique gifts, art prints and books inspired by our collection in our online shop… Whether it’s a unique masterpiece for the wall or a mug for a morning coffee, browse the Barber’s shop on Art UK for the best gifts inspired by the incredible collection right here on campus. Visit our Art UK shop … Read more

Sights of Wonder: Photographs from the 1862 Royal Tour

Sights of Wonder Pyramids, temples, sphinxes and shrines: breathtaking images of these ancient and often iconic landmarks, captured by pioneering photographer Francis Bedford, provided new insights for Victorians into the historic and biblical sites of the eastern Mediterranean. Generously lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, these remarkable photographs from the Royal Collection feature in … Read more