First revealed by the British Photographic History website, the plans, developed by the Ikon gallery, would see the old Curzon Street railway station building renovated to become the city’s new Museum of Photography.
“With its impressive classical entrance facing into the centre of Curzon Square, will become Birmingham’s new Museum of Photography, drawing from the extensive collection of the new Library of Birmingham. As well as temporary exhibitions, it will provide displays of local history especially reflective of the people of Birmingham,” the proposal reads.
The plans have still to be approved by the city, and the new Museum, as well a series of other galleries, would not open until 2020.
According to British Photographic History, who spoke with Helen Stallard of Ikon, the new Museum would give a space to Birmingham Library’s photography collection, which, until today lacked a dedicated gallery. “The proposed museum of photography will provide a showcase for the collection, freely accessible to the general public,” said Stallard.