Heritage Volunteers

This long established group continue to work in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Conservation department where they have been engaged since 2012 in major conservation work on a set of 17th century embroidered bed hangings from Aston Hall, a great Jacobean house.

In early 2017, this work was temporarily halted so that the group could assist with the preparing and mounting of a number of late 19th century, early 20th century costumes for a touring exhibition arranged by Birmingham Museums Trust in association with the American Federation of Arts, entitled “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement”.  In addition, they mounted a number of pieces of William Morris textiles for the same exhibition which, in October 2018, went out to Oklahoma City, USA, the first venue of the eight cities it will tour over the next two years.

Following this, the Conservation Department asked for the group’s assistance with the recording and conservation packing of a large number of 3D items, and works on paper and some textile pieces prior to their removal to the Museum’s permanent storage facility.

This work having been completed, the work on the Aston Hall bed hangings has been resumed.


The photo shows a Victorian dress prepared and mounted by the Volunteers. The dress is the property of the Birmingham Museum Trust