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Birmingham’s “unknown” collection: Islamic and South Asian Art

Within its collection of more than 800 000 objects Birmingham Museums Trust is the guardian of many treasures of Islamic art.  The significance of some of these objects has only recently been recognised.

Rebecca Bridgman is the recently appointed curator who is mapping the collection for the first time.

She tells Mike Gibbs, Publisher of History West Midlands, about the museum’s exciting plans and selects a recently acquired work – “Calliope” by Halima Cassell – to introduce this unique collection.

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Birmingham’s “unknown” collection: Islamic and South Asian Art