One of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings announces opening date

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Aston Hall, one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings, is set to welcome visitors as it reopens on 7 July after being closed for more than a year.

The Grade 1 listed mansion reopens its doors with new displays that explore the lives of the hall’s residents and its historic past.

There are over 30 rooms to explore, including King Charles’ Chamber and the elaborate Great Stairs.

Visitors can also see paintings spanning four centuries, including Peter Lely’s famous official ‘warts and all’ portrait of Oliver Cromwell, as well as portraits of the people who lived at Aston Hall painted by some of the most famous artists of their day, including Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Godfrey Kneller and George Romney.

Kimberley Biddle, museum team manager at Aston Hall, says: “We are delighted to be reopening Aston Hall in July. The past year has given us the opportunity to consider how we retell, reimagine and redisplay the four centuries of Aston Hall’s history.

“The new displays capture the excitement and eventful history of the hall and the fascinating lives of people associated with it.

“Nowhere else in Birmingham can you explore such a magnificent and iconic building – a family home on a grand-scale that’s steeped in history and now ready for visitors to enjoy and explore once again.”

This summer also sees a busy time for Aston Hall as it hosts filming of BBC programme Antiques Roadshow, the Independent Birmingham Festival and Burger Fest.