Whether you’re perusing the artworks, enjoying a glass of fizz at the press of a button or a Sunday roast in the Edwardian Tearooms, no trip to Birmingham’s beautiful Museum and Art Gallery is complete without a spot of retail therapy. The BMAG Gift Shop includes quirky must-haves created by talented locals … perfect if you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a proud Brummie or a little something for yourself.
For lovers of art, history and culture, each purchase supports the work of Birmingham Museums Trust, with every pound going back into preserving the world-renowned collections and historic venue for future generations. Not only that, the shop shines a spotlight on local makers, and the introduction of eco-friendly packaging means you can do your bit for the environment too.
Stacey Barnfield: If you’ve walked through Grand Central you’ll have spotted Stacey’s huge Birmingham Colour Palette adorning the walls. The founder of Draw My City and former Editor of The Birmingham Post set up his online art gallery to support homeless charity SIFA Fireside through donations from print sales. Colour Palette goodies include mugs, tote bags, tea towels and fridge magnets. SHOP NOW
Ruth Millington: No coffee table is complete without a copy of Ruth’s Muse book, which examines the characters behind many of art history’s most famous masterpieces. With examples from the ancient world to today, it chronicles the true stories from Leonardo da Vinci’s studio to the covers of Vogue; delving into the real-life relationships that models held with the artists who immortalised them, and the influential roles they played. SHOP NOW
Fiona Harris: Fiona Harris is a great believer that “jewellery shouldn’t be saved for a special occasion, but loved, cherished and worn every day.” Her everyday luxuries skilfully combine nature and organic forms to create simple, elegant jewellery. Crafted with materials mostly sourced from Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Fiona uses eco-friendly and recycled silver where possible.SHOP NOW
Punks and Chancers: Who wouldn’t love a “Yes Bab” T-shirt! Combining fun and sustainability, the range of adult and kids’ clothes are fuelled by a love of colour and creation, all backed by the motto “if it’s not fun, don’t do it”. Each design is made from ethically traded, organic cotton and screen printed in Birmingham using water-based vegan inks – perfect for showing just how proud you are of our amazing city! SHOP NOW