Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum is near to the city centre of Coventry, England.

Plans for the museum were drawn up in 1938 after Coventry's famous industrialist Alfred Herbert donated £100,000 for such a building. Due to the Second World War and the city's destruction during the blitz construction was suspended until 1954, with new plans being drawn two years previously. Alfred Herbert laid the corner stone to the new building and donated a further £100,000 to the project. It was finally completed in 1960, three years after Herbert's death. During 2007 and early 2008 the museum was given a £20 million facelift. This regeneration resulted in
  • New entrance on Bayley Lane
  • A 500 sq metre glass-covered court
  • New café area
  • New education, training, gallery, creative media and arts information facilities.
  • A Coventry History Centre
  • New exhibitions telling the story of the city and its people
  • New gallery spaces for touring and locally produced work
  • More spaces for use by schools
  • Facilities to preserve the city's archive and museum collections
The museum prides itself on being family friendly, offering family orientated events continuously throughout the year. In 2010 it was named the Best Family Friendly Museum in Britain in the Guardian Family Friendly Awards. In 2010 it was also shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize in recognition of its outstanding work in engaging new and diverse audiences taking visitor figures from 55,000 per annum up to 320,000 per annum since its recent redevelopment.

Ground floor
The ground floor offers breathtaking views of the 500sq metre glass-covered court, a beautiful piece of architecture amongst Coventry's skyline. Underneath the court are the entrances to the Coventry History Gallery and Archive rooms, both offering an interesting insight into Coventry's past; whether you are researching family or are just wanting to learn and see the city's history. Further along the building are two galleries, plus training and learning spaces. The new café offers visitors a relaxing break with a variety of foods and drinks on offer.

First floor
The first floor of The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum houses several diverse and interesting galleries, and includes a large hireable exhibition space called 'The Studio', frequently used by the public and organisations. Also housed on this floor is the New Media Suite, with modern IT facilities, the Herbert Media Recording Studio (live and Control rooms) and MIDI Suite. Permanent gallery spaces include Sculpture, Old Masters, Art Since 1900, Elements (Natural History) and also houses four temporary exhibition spaces. The temporary exhibition programme includes exhibition from national and international galleries such as The British Museum, V & A, Southbank Centre and Natural History Museum. Self created exhibitions are also created exploring local themes and social history.

Second floor
On the second second floor there are further Herbert Media facilities including the Standard Definition and High Definition editing suites, a corporate training room and arts information centre with excellent resources and reference library.

Herbert Media
Herbert Media play a vital role within the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum by providing much of the audio and visual sequences for the Museums exhibitions and permanent displays. The also frequently coordinate 'community response' films to exhibitions within the gallery as a way of further connecting art to the community. They offer training and bespoke courses to organisations, schools and the public and offer a comprehensive equipment hire service. They also specialise in making films and interactives for other museums and art galleries and were rewarded for their high standard of work in the 2009 Godiva Awards - winning the Innovation in Business Practice category.

Associated Arts and Heritage sites
  • The Lunt Roman Fort is located 3 miles from Coventry City Centre and close to Coventry Airport. Near Coventry, it is a partial reconstruction of the fort that was established there in AD60.
  • The Priory Visitor Centre is located in Priory Row, Coventry City Centre. This boasts the remains of medieval buildings from Coventry's first cathedral.


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