Here’s just a small selection of some of the many questions we get asked every day. If you have a specific query not answered here, please do contact us.
Q: What is your exhibition policy?
Our exhibitions policy reflects the continuously changing world around us. Each WAVE venue has its own specialisms, but across the city we aim to deliver a varied programme of inspiring exhibitions with themes that are relevant to our broad audiences, and also offer new perspectives and experiences. We work with a wide range of local and national organisations, and people, to develop exhibitions that use great art and design, and the historic record, to address a range of topics and issues including historical, local, social, and political subjects.
Q: Do you exhibit work by local artists?
Yes, our gallery hire spaces at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Bilston Craft Gallery are specifically focused as a showcase for local artists and groups.
Open West Midlands is a biennial collaboration between Birmingham Museums and Wolverhampton Art Gallery inviting artists in the region to show their work at these prestigious venues and reflecting the vibrant talent of the regional art scene.
We work closely with local and regional artists’ and creative groups and organisations that support local and emerging makers, including Wolverhampton Society Of Artists, Junction Festival, Eagle Works, Turning Point West Midlands, the University of Wolverhampton School of Art and Design, and other local universities and colleges with creative courses.
See our Supporting Creativity section for more information.
Q: How many objects and artworks are there in your collection?
There are over 12,000 items in our art and museum collection ranging from decorative art, paintings to photographs, geology, and more. The fine art collections span over three hundred years including Georgian, Victorian, Pop and contemporary works of art. There are also a wide range of applied arts including local Japanned ware, British enamels, locks and keys, and dolls and toys. To find out more about our collections please go to the Collections section, where you can browse images and search for items.
Q: Can I look at individual artworks and museum objects online?
Information about most of our art and museum collection and images of a significant number of items can be explored online on this website, please go to the Collections section for more information.
Q: Can I access Wolverhampton Archives’ catalogues and indexes online?
Yes,much of our collections has been catalogued and is available to search on this website, see the Collections/Local History section for more information. To make this material available for public use, it is listed and indexed by staff, these indexes are continually being added to so if you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us.
A number of our catalogues are also available to search online as part of the national Access to Archives (A2A) project. A2A is a strand of the national archive network for the UK and contains over 7.69 million records from archive repositories across England.
The National Register of Archives contains information on the nature and location of archives that relate to British history, while The Archives Hub is a searchable database of archives collections held in UK Universities and Colleges.
With regard to family history, the General Register Office indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates are available to search online at a number of different websites including Ancestry, www.findmypast.co.uk etc on a pay-per-view basis.
There is also a co-operative project, FreeBMD, which has been granted permission by the Office for National Statistics to digitise the indexes and make them available online. The project is concentrating on the births, marriages and deaths registered 1837-1900, although later information is accepted. Search the available records online and find out about becoming a project volunteer at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com
The International Genealogical Index, compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) is also online and searchable by name at www.familysearch.org
Q: How accessible are the WAVE venues?
Across our sites we have ramped entrances, lifts, disabled toilets, and are guide dog friendly.
Q: Where can I park?
For the Art Gallery, the closest car parks are Civic and Broad Street; for Bilston Craft Gallery, there is free on-road car parking; for City Archives, there is a free car park at the rear, accessible via Whitmore Hill; for Bantock House, there is free car parking in the park.
Q: Is there somewhere to eat packed lunches?
For Wolverhampton Art Gallery, there is the courtyard by Wulfruna Street. Bilston Craft Gallery has a garden at the rear (complete with life-sized dragon!), Bantock House is situated in picturesque Bantock Park (ideal for picnics), while at Wolverhampton City Archives, visitors can use the Oak Room or the garden, where there are seats. For school visit arrangements, please contact us for details.
Q: Can I breastfeed in the Art Gallery?
Yes, all WAVE venues are breastfeeding friendly. You can breastfeed anywhere in the Art Gallery, but a particularly relaxing spot is a sofa outside Touring gallery.
Q: Where can I put my belongings?
There are lockers (which require a refundable £1 coin) at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Wolverhampton City Archives.
Q: Can I hire a room for a party or meeting?
Across the city WAVE venues offer unique spaces for events of all types and sizes. See our section on hiring spaces for more information.
Q: Do you have a research facility?
WAVE supports research into our collections and their history. Please get in touch if you have a specific interest in an area of our collections. For local family, social and industrial history Wolverhampton City Archives provides an excellent resource and a well-equipped reading room with specialist staff on hand. For more information, see the About City Archives section, or contact us.
Q: Can I take photographs or use a video camera?
Wherever possible we welcome photography and filming in our venues. Please do be aware that photography and video filming of touring exhibitions, or some key works, may not always be possible. You will also need to respect the wishes of other visitors in public spaces, and avoid recording them in the images unless you have obtained their written permission.
Media requests for photography or filming should be sent to our press and marketing team via prior to visiting. Telephone 01902 552055 or email us.
Q: When was Wolverhampton Art Gallery built?
Established in 1884 Wolverhampton Art Gallery was developed by Phillip Horseman who offered to build the Art Gallery on donated council land. Read more in About Wolverhampton Art Gallery.