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Volunteering on the ‘Make Do and Mend’ project at BMAG

Hello, my name is Kim Lane and I’m a Leicester graduate who studied Museum Studies. I completed an 8 week placement at BMAG in July for my course and have been here ever since as a weekly volunteer!

During my placement I was asked to update the documentation for the 1940s costume collection in preparation for a community engagement project called ‘Make Do and Mend’. Thus, I continued this project as a volunteer and am currently helping to run the ‘Make Do and Mend’ sessions at the Museum Collections Centre.


The Birmingham City University Fashion Design students have been asked to make an outfit for the new history galleries in the style of 1940s make do and mend. This involves working with the university students, as well a group called BARRA who provide the students with a ‘real life’ account of make do and mend during wartime and after for many people.

For me the best part of volunteering at BMAG is being able to access the museums collections, and being able to provide a service for the public through the museums collection.


Make Do and Mend at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery


Last week Curators at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery began preparing for a Community Engagement project involving Birmingham City University fashion design students and members of the Birmingham Air Raid Remembrance Association.


The students will design and make an outfit inspired by war-time austerity and ‘make do and mend.’  One outfit will be selected to feature in the new HLF-funded Birmingham History Galleries’ ‘Birmingham at War’ display opening in autumn 2012.  

Updates will be posted throughout the duration of the project; our next update will be from volunteer Kim Lane to be posted shortly.



Child’s dress made from parachute silk.