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Birmingham History Cake Challenge for Museum Cake Day

Culture Themes’ museum cake day #MusCake is back again on June 25th. So it’s time to celebrate with a new cake challenge! This year we are challenging you to bake a Birmingham History inspired cake (or biscuits) and to post a picture of your creation on our Facebook page or tweet us. The best entry will receive a prize and feature on the Facebook page.

If you would like to enter the competition you have until 4pm on June 24th. Only one entry per person! The competition will be judged by curators at Birmingham Museums. We will announce the winner via twitter and Facebook on June 25th. We will also tweet all your cake competition entry images using the #MusCake hashtag on the same day. See the competition rules.

If you are looking for inspiration here are a few objects from our Birmingham history collection:

Flag from 1960s Bull Ring Shopping Centre

Flag from 1960s Bull Ring Shopping Centre

HP Sauce Sign

HP Sauce Sign

Or perhaps you fancy something a bit more challenging? Such as these beautiful Birmingham made buttons:

Some beautiful Birmingham buttons

Some beautiful Birmingham buttons

Or if you are feel really adventurous, how about a Birmingham building inspired cake?

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery exterior

Ambitious enough to make a Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery cake?

You can find more Birmingham history collections inspiration on our Pinterest board.

Good luck everyone – we can’t wait to see your Birmingham inspired cakes and biscuits!

Linda Spurdle and Ria Frate,
Digital Team

#MusCake day is a Culture Themes initiative, one of the monthly events they have on twitter to promote the work of museums. Culture Themes is a multi-national group of museum professionals who love museums. Find out more about Culture Themes at their website http://www.culturethemes.com and follow them on twitter @culturethemes.

Edible Masterpieces: Fundraising for Art!

Recently Birmingham Museums Trust staff organised an ‘Edible Masterpieces’ event to raise money for the Art Fund; a charity which supports museums and galleries in the UK, and has aided key acquisitions and staff posts at Birmingham Museums.

Staff enjoying looking at and eating the cakes!

Staff enjoying looking at and eating the cakes!

Staff were invited to create delicious cakes and bakes inspired by their favourite works of art. The results were pretty impressive – from Old Masters to the Pre-Raphaelites, Contemporary art to the Staffordshire Hoard, Birmingham Museums diverse collections could be both admired and consumed!

Man and his Sheep an Ana Maria Pacheco inspired cake.

Man and his Sheep an Ana Maria Pacheco inspired cake

 

Beautiful ‘Night and Her Train of Stars’ inspired cupcakes

Beautiful ‘Night and Her Train of Stars’ inspired cupcakes

 

Archaeological treasure cakes

Archaeological treasure cakes

 

The Persistence of memory - a Salvador Dali inspired cake

The Persistence of memory – a Salvador Dali inspired cake

 

Rossetti’s La Donna della Finestra ‘deconstructed’

Rossetti’s La Donna della Finestra ‘deconstructed’

 

An Oak Tree - Homage to Michael Craig-Martin. A more conceptual art cake!

An Oak Tree – Homage to Michael Craig-Martin. A more conceptual art cake!

 

Barbara Hepworth inspired cake

Barbara Hepworth inspired cake

 

Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Orazio Gentileschi inspired cake

Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Orazio Gentileschi inspired cake

There was also a competition, and the entries were judged by the Art Fund’s Birmingham representative Celia Potts. The top spot was awarded to a sponge version of Modigliani’s Madame Z, created by our multi-talented Curator of Fine Art, Victoria Osborne.

The winning cake - Madame Z by Amedeo Modigliani.

Madame Z by Amedeo Modigliani.  The winner of the staff competition.

Competition was tight, so please comment below to support your favourite bake. Also, if you feel inspired to create your own edible masterpiece after the Birmingham Museums collection, we’d love to see your pictures!  Also remember it is Museum Cake Day (#MusCake) on 25th June, so get baking!

Maria Alambritis (HLF ‘Skills for the Future’ Curatorial Trainee) and
Helen Hillyard (Art Fund and National Gallery Curatorial Trainee)

Staffordshire Hoard Challenge for Museum Cake Day

To celebrate Culture Themes’ museum cake day #MusCake on June 19th, the Staffordshire Hoard conservation team are challenging you to bake a Staffordshire Hoard inspired cake (or biscuits) and to post a picture of your creation on our Facebook page or tweet us. The best entry will receive a goody bag of Staffordshire Hoard merchandise and feature on the Facebook page.

If you would like to enter the competition you have until 12pm on June 18th. Only one entry per person! The competition will be judged by conservators at Birmingham Museums, including Alex Cantrill who baked the Staffordshire Hoard birthday cake below, the inspiration for this museum cake day competition! We will announce the winner via twitter and Facebook on June 19th. We will also tweet all your cake competition entry images using the #MusCake hashtag on the same day.  See the competition rules.

Staffordshire Hoard birthday cake
Look at images of the Staffordshire Hoard on the Hoard Flickr page for inspiration for your cake. What will inspire you? Will it be the Silver gilded pommel cap with human face (we call it Dave)?
Silver gilded pommel cap.
Or perhaps the Millefiori glass stud with gold and garnet surround?
Millefiori glass stud.
Or this bird of prey shaped gold and garnet fitting?
Bird of prey. Gold and garnet fitting.

And remember you can also make biscuits! We were very impressed by the picture of the Staffordshire Hoard ginger biscuits made by Helen Bernacki that appeared in the June 2013 edition of Current Archaeology.

Good luck everyone – we can’t wait to see your Hoard inspired cakes and biscuits!

Pieta Greaves
Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Manager

#MusCake day is a Culture Themes initiative, one of the monthly events they have on twitter to promote the work of museums. Culture Themes is a multi-national group of museum professionals who love museums. Find out more about Culture Themes at their website http://www.culturethemes.com and follow them on twitter @culturethemes.

Staffordshire Hoard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/staffshoard
Staffordshire Hoard on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/staffordshirehoard
Staffordshire Hoard on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/staffordshirehoard
Watch Staffordshire Hoard conservation videos: http://www.youtube.com/BirminghamMAG
Staffordshire Hoard website: http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk