Byline: Terry Grimley
Birmingham's Museum & Art Gallery could under go some dramatic changes over the next few years if a pounds 5million bid to the National Heritage Lottery Fund this spring proves successful.
Just before Christmas, it was announced that the first phase of a development strategy for the historic building was one of a handful of projects around the United Kingdom which had received Lottery funding - initially worth pounds 107,000 - to work up a major bid.
The bid, which is expected to be submitted in May, will be for the major part of the pounds 7.9million cost of developing a series of galleries devoted to the history of Birmingham from the middle ages to the present day.
However, this will be just the beginning of larger plans for the museum's Victorian and Edwardian buildings which could see new public areas created in six courtyards enclosed within the Council House Extension.
The first to be developed would provide a new sculpture court. This would take the place of the staircase which greets visitors at the end of the bridge gallery linking the original 1880s Museum & Art Gallery with the extension completed just before the First World War.…