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Our Cultural Collection includes a series of unique and historic venues that come together to form some of our most treasured locations and buildings.

Winterbourne

Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of an early 20th Century suburban villa and garden as well as being our very own botanic garden. The house was built in 1903 for John and Margaret Nettlefold. Originally designed as a small country estate with rustic outbuildings and large gardens, Winterbourne followed the style of the Arts and Crafts movement with examples of local craftsmanship throughout the house.

Winterbourne hosts a number of events throughout the year, from The Birmingham Honey Show to The Rare Plant Fair and outdoor theatre performances.

Lapworth Museum of Geology

This building houses one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections set within a beautiful Edwardian gallery. Enjoy cocktails and canapés in the company of a replica skeleton of the carnivorous allosaurus dinosaur! The museum is named after the geologist Charles Lapworth, with its origins dating back to 1880. It reopened in 2016 following a £2.7 million redevelopment project that created new galleries and displays, as well as modern visitor and educational facilities.

There are numerous features to the museum including an Active Earth gallery explaining earth processes, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, climate change and the formation of mountains. An interactive globe projector also allows guests and delegates to view the changing positions of the continents through geological time.

This unique venue is also available for private fine dining and parties. The gallery space works well for drinks receptions and canapés, allowing guests to freely view the collection. Seated fine dining is also available for special occasions.

The Lapworth Museum of Geology has a level entrance and a platform lift. A hearing loop is also available for all events. This unique and prestigious venue is located within the Grade II listed Aston Webb Building, which provides easy access to all parts of the campus.

Barbour Institute

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is housed in one of Birmingham’s finest Art Deco buildings, purpose-built and opened by Queen Mary in 1939. The Barber Institute was designed by Robert Atkinson (1883-1952), one of Britain’s leading architects of the 1920s and 30s. When it opened, The Times described the building as ‘the purest example of his work’ and it continues to be regarded as one of his greatest achievements.

Home to one of the finest small art galleries in Europe, The Barber is also a concert hall with perfect acoustics.

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