About the Home of Metal Project


Home of Metal is a celebration of the music that was born in Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned the guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word ‘heavy’. Home of Metal’s exhibitions and events join the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on Heavy Metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low art and joins audiences and performers together.

“I’m really proud to be a Brummie and to call Birmingham my home, that’s why I’m supporting the Home of Metal events and message. Your surroundings and experiences influence your music so it’s important for people to know where that music came from.”
Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath

Heavy Metal has made a lasting mark on music and popular culture. Unlike Liverpool and Manchester, Birmingham failed to celebrate its heritage and take up its rightful place in music history; Home of Metal is changing this.

There’s lot’s of ways to get involved in Home of Metal:

  • The digital archive is a collection of fan memorabilia and stories. The archive is your opportunity to contribute to Heavy Metal’s legacy.
  • The fans gallery features portraits of fans from all over the world, look out for future photo-shoots
  • A programme of exhibitions and events will take place in Birmingham and internationally from autumn 2018 and throughout summer 2019.