Astonish Partners 


Reflecting Birmingham to the world, and the world to Birmingham. Birmingham Museums Trust is an independent educational charity that manages the city’s museum collection and venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. Our beneficiaries are the people of, and visitors to, Birmingham. Our nine sites include Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Thinktank Science Museum, Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Weoley Castle; and the Museum Collection Centre, that holds 80% of the city’s museum collections under one roof.


With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study.


Strawberry Words (formerly Harvey Arts) an arts Education Company was founded in 2004 by theatre practitioner and performer Rebbecca Hemmings. The company exists to uplift, empower and awaken the human spirit. Since its inception, the company has focused on improving social mobility through developing use of the English language and on improving community cohesion with all ages using the performing arts.

In 2015 Rebbecca Hemmings received an award from Coventry University in recognition for her diversity work with the company. Work in this area includes: Who Are We – in 2009 a project funded by Birmingham City Council to help improve the English Language skills of EAL (English as a second language). This project and similar then led to a city wide cultural awareness training programme for teachers created by Rebbecca in 2010.


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Hippodrome is the UK’s most popular single auditorium theatre welcoming, on average, over 500,000 visitors every year.



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