Last weekend, Hub and I spent a few days in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.

The main driving force behind our visit was so that Hub could attend the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre.  This is the main model railway event each year in the UK and, as a modeller himself, Hub was keen to see the 90+layouts and pick up a few bargains along the way.

If you are interested in seeing the progress with his layout, check out his YouTube channel here.

Although I am extremely supportive of Hub’s hobby, I didn’t feel the need to see the exhibition myself.  Instead, I took the opportunity to spend one of the days in the centre of Birmingham with my Mum.

We had a great time checking out in particular the city’s Museum and Art Gallery.  It is a magnificent testament to the city’s commitment to the arts.

The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, plus Christmas Market
The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, plus Christmas Market

We started off in the lovely Edwardian Tea Rooms – compulsory to have a cuppa and a piece of cake!



We then browsed around most of the galleries.  This museum has a magnificent collection of pre-Raphaelite art, of which this is a beautiful example:

Waiting, John Everett Millais (1829-1896)
Waiting, John Everett Millais (1829-1896)

They also had plenty of more modern pieces.  I especially liked the way the artist had captured light in this one:

Brindley Light, Reuben Colley
Brindley Light, Reuben Colley


And I thought this sculpture was beautiful:

Pablo and Francesca, 1852, Alexander Munro
Pablo and Francesca, 1852, Alexander Munro

Bringing things right up to date, we were fascinated by the exterior of Birmingham’s rejuvenated main station:



The highly polished finish creates amazing images and impressions, even when the skies are dull:

img_3684 img_3685


In this shot, you can see a reflection of me taking the photo.  NB I don’t have clubbed feet! 🙂



The interior of the station is pretty awesome too:


img_3722 img_3694


It was a memorable and enjoyable day out.

And if that was not enough, I had another very interesting time the following day – more on this in my next post. 🙂