The Barber Institute Birmingham

The Barber Institute is a lesser known art gallery in Birmingham but has some great paintings on display.

Barber Institute

Located in the Birmingham University grounds this art gallery has an amazing collection of paintings. You will find Van Gough, Turner, Monet, Renoir and Rubens to mention a few.

Coined as one of the finest small art galleries in Europe. The Barber Institute is a must-see for art lovers visiting Birmingham.

As I walked around the gallery I enjoyed the intimate atmosphere. I took time to study the paintings without a crowd gathering around me. The works are thoughtfully presented and laid out. Making the visit flow through styles and ages.

The Barber Institute
‘The Peacock feather’ Antonio Mancini

The Barber Institute was founded in 1932 by Lady Barber in memory of her husband (William) Henry Barber. Upon her death four months later, she left the Barber fortune to the Institute. This enabled the building to be designed and built before being officially opened by Queen Mary in 1939.

The Barber Institute

Today the institute continues the legacy ‘for the Study and encouragement of art and music’.

Current exhibits include ‘The Modernist Face SMITH, DOBSON & BRITISH PORTRAITURE 1920-60’ My favourite painting in this exhibit was a portrait of Roald Dahl by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith. This exhibit runs until 27th September.

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Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith’s portrait of Roald Dahl 1944

Other exhibits currently on show are FROM ‘RED’ ELLEN TO OSWALD MOSLEY  PORTRAITS OF INTER-WAR POLITICIANS BY EDMUND KAPP. and a Roman coin collection ‘Inheriting Rome’.

The Barber Institute is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and at weekends 11am-5pm. Admission is free, however a donation can be made which is suggested at £5.

Find out more the collection and events here: The Barber Institute

Camping in the UK- 10 reasons to go this summer

10 reasons to go camping in the UK

Camping is for everyone, families, friends, couples and all. There are so many campsites out there that cater for a range of different needs, from full facilities to rugged back to basics. Below are just some of the reasons why you should try camping in the UK this summer.

1) To get away from it all

Leave the smart phones and the computers behind, un-tether yourself from the internet and enjoy the outdoors

2) To cook outdoors

Bacon butties for breakfast and a cup of tea from the camping stove?  And there’s nothing better than a BBQ when the sun is shining  in the evening.  All washed down by a few beers.

3) To enjoy the English countryside

There are so many locations in the UK where the countryside is extensive and unspoiled. The lake district is one of the most popular camping regions known for its beautiful lakes and mountain scenery.


4) To climb a mountain

The largest mountains in each country are Scarfell Pike in the Lake District, England, Snowdon, in Snowdonia in Wales and of course Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland.  Camping is available in all of these regions.

5) To sit around a campfire

It’s best to check with your campsite before you book and make sure they allow campfires if you are planning to have one. When it starts to get dark, light the fire and gather around, sing songs, roast marshmallows and talk until the flames dwindle.

6) To discover the wildlife

It’s great when you get a glimpse of animals and birds in their natural environment. Take a walk through quiet woods and you may spot a deer happily wandering through the trees. Look up to the skies and you might see circling birds of prey.

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English Countryside

7) To see the stars

If you live in the city you rarely get to experience the star filled skies without light or air pollution in the way.  It’s amazing to lie back and look at the sky, you may even see a shooting star (don’t forget to make a wish)

8) To wake up with the sun

There’s nothing like waking up with the sunrise, un-zipping the tent and taking a deep breath of the fresh morning air. Such a great way to wake up in the morning.

9) To save money and holiday on the cheap!

Camping can become a very cheap holiday for all! With campsites charging from £5 per night, the opportunity to pick and choose  your location, to prepare your own meals  and do as little or as much as you like while you are there!

10) To get back to basics and pass on the skills

Camping as a family means new adventures shared together, from fire-lighting to spotting wildlife. Hiking to outdoor cooking. Skills are being passed on through generations and an appreciation of the life we live! Even the adults can learn a thing or two from time to time!

To find a campsite try UK where you can filter the sites by location and facilities

Are you convinced? What do you think about camping? Leave a comment….