Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Industrial Gallery - Rood Screen
Parts of the Museum & Art Gallery I didn't take last time.
Now on a Sunday, no school group upstairs!
The Industrial Gallery.
This is a Rood Screen from the church of St John the Baptist, Alton, Staffordshire, 1840.
Designed by A W N Pugin.
The Industrial Gallery is all in exposed ironwork: seven aisled bays with columns in two tiers, semicircular arcades and cross-arches in the aisles, larger semicircular trusses supporting the roof, all of them exposed I-beams with the rivets prominent. Like a classical version of the Oxford Museum; but the immediate inspiration must be J.H. Chamberlain's Board Schools. Huge pendant gas burners. T-plan staircase of 1893, with a different design of railings.
From Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham by Andy Foster