The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

The Herbert, Coventry's award winning museum and art gallery, celebrates the city's culture, history and arts. A registered educational charity, situated at the heart of the city centre, the Herbert is also Coventry's creative media centre and history centre. It brings under one roof the unique heritage and creative aspiration of one of Britain’s most historic cities.

The Herbert offers an innovative, imaginative and sustainable service to the people of Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Since re-opening in 2008 after an extensive redevelopment, the Herbert has increased its audience to 340,000 visitors per year. Working in partnership across the museum and arts sector regionally, nationally and internationally, it uses its collections and exhibitions to engage with families and intergenerational audiences.

The Herbert's dynamic cultural programmes benefit Coventry and the surrounding region's economy; generating creativity, prestige, social cohesion and public and private wellbeing. The Herbert connects businesses with customers, artists with audiences and visitors with history, their heritage and future aspirations.

A national exemplar of good practice, the Herbert won the Guardian Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award in 2010 and is a holder of the coveted Sandford Award for quality in Heritage Education. The Herbert is also able to support young people undertaking the Arts Council's Arts Award.

Unusually for a museum, the Herbert is also an accredited vocational learning centre, registered with OCN and OCR. This expertise has led to partnership working with training providers and cultural practitioners across Europe and the Herbert is now a destination for European educators who wish to learn how to use digital media to engage audiences.


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