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Birmingham Museums will be sharing their secrets and stories with a new online streaming service. People in the city and beyond will be able to watch Birmingham Museums on Demand at any time from the comfort of their own homes.
Each month the series will feature four talks and lectures bringing the museums' world-renowned collections to life.
Launching this February, the first programme includes 'Love, Betrayal, Poison and Death - Part One' examining how artists have been inspired by powerful stories and strong emotions, and 'The Bredon Hills Roman Coin Hoard' which reveals how 3,000 silver coins were discovered near an Iron Age hillfort. Work by Ford Madox Brown will take a closer look at this painting of Victorian England and 'The Ice House at Aston Hall' will reveal the ice house's history, purpose and use.
Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director at Birmingham Museums Trust, said the initiative is aiming to ensure people can remain connected to the collections even when they cannot physically visit.
He explained: "When many people are still isolated at home and our museums remain closed, Birmingham Museums On Demand is a way of making people feel more connected to Birmingham's rich and vibrant collections and historic properties. We have been determined to find new and different ways to give our audiences opportunities to stay connected and we hope that this new offering will bring inspiration, intrigue and insight."
A one-month Birmingham Museums On Demand pass costs £20 and gives access to a new package of four exclusive talks and lectures created by Birmingham Museums. Members and patrons of Birmingham Museums receive a discount of 25 per cent. All proceeds go towards supporting Birmingham Museums Trust, helping to conserve its historic sites and world class collections.