Culture on campus

The University is more than just lecture theatres and libraries. It’s also a centre of culture for the region. From museums to our blue plaque trail, our campus is brimming with things to do and learn about. 

Whether you have an hour between lectures, fancy an afternoon tea or a whole afternoon free there’s something for you to do on campus!

Eve, from Derby, English

“I have visited the Barber Museum, and I have performed in the Lapworth Museum and the Bramall Music Building with my Acapella group. All of these spaces are each a capsule of culture.”

  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

If you’re wondering what the beautiful art deco building at the centre of campus is, it’s our Barber Institute. The Barber hosts lots of events including lunchtime concerts, evening lectures and literature workshops, as well as being the home of art from the likes of Monet, Manet, Renoir and many more! 

  • The Bramall Music Building

Built in 2012, the Bramall Music Building is home to a 450 seat auditorium, and hosts fantastic events from research talks, to concerts and comedy shows throughout the year.

  • The Lapworth Museum of Geology

Recently renovated, the Lapworth contains collections of fossils, minerals, rocks and even a T-Rex skeleton. So whether you have a passion for geology or just really like dinosaurs, you’ll love the Lapworth.

Eaad, BSc Mathematics, from Birmingham

“The Lapworth Museum is great! It's so crazy to think the University have their own museum on campus, dinosaur bones and all!”

  • Winterbourne House and Garden

Blink and you’ll miss it, Winterbourne is a beautiful Edwardian house with botanic gardens just over the road from our Edgbaston campus. Wander the peaceful grounds and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the tea rooms- perfect for visiting parents!

  • Cadbury Research Library

Home to the University’s Special Collections and is responsible for directly supporting the University’s research, learning and teaching agenda by collecting and making fully accessible all collections.

  • Research and Cultural Collections

The University of Birmingham has thousands of objects cared for by the Research and Cultural Collections department with regular activities, events and exhibitions for staff, students and the public throughout the year.

  • Sculpture trail

Works of sculpture are key features of our Edgbaston campus. You can discover a wealth of styles, materials and ideas on our sculpture trail, which is free to enjoy at any time, and on any day of the year!