Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham local history collection gets £400k boost

Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery (left) and the Town Hall
Image caption The project will involve community groups including local societies, schools and businesses

A project to improve Birmingham's local history collection has been awarded nearly £400,000 of lottery funding.

Birmingham Museum Trust, which manages the city's museums and historical venues, welcomed the £398,000 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The funds will support new posts in its Representing Birmingham project.

The trust said the project aimed to reach diverse communities and use items to "tell stories about people growing up, living and working in Birmingham".

The project will focus on Aston, Soho, Nechells and Ladywood.

Dr Ellen McAdam, director of the trust, said: "Birmingham has the most diverse population in Europe, and we want to reflect this in our museums.

"We are putting the people of Birmingham in the driving seat - they will decide what we collect to tell their history to future generations."

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