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The Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE) is calling for members of the public to visit cultural organisation shops as they open their doors Sunday 26 November for Museum Shop Sunday. A day to enjoy a relaxing and inspiring shopping experience afer the chaos of Black Friday!

Image: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

Taking place for the first time in 2017 and supported by ACE, Museum Shop Sunday celebrates cultural shops nationwide as it invites consumers to visit shops in places of cultural interest from museums to art galleries, zoos to cathedrals and historical sites.

Encouraging shopping with a conscience, sales made will contribute to each venue directly and provide a valuable contribution to culture in the UK.

With inspirational products relevant to each destination, the day invites consumers familiar with cultural shops and those new to them into shops across the nation to encourage a greater appreciation for some of the UK’s finest cultural organisations.

Each original shop promises a range of unexpected finds and hidden gems alongside special events such as one off promotions and ‘meet the product creators’.

The ideal occasion to purchase Christmas gifts, shoppers can expect to find quality products inspired by exhibitions and events this Museum Shop Sunday. From stationery to books, jewellery to homeware and food to children’s toys, there is certain to be something for everyone.

Some exciting finds include: advent calendars, silk scarves, tote bags, teddy bears and barware.

Conscientious shopping will be part of everyone’s Christmas starting in 2017.

 “Supported by the Association for Cultural Enterprises, the UK is excited to participate in this global event also taking place in the US, New Zealand and Australia. The next Black Friday or Cyber Monday but with the feel good factor.

The Association for Cultural Enterprises is proud to be part of this exciting new venture and delighted to have the opportunity to encourage consumers far and wide to further discover the UK’s cultural shops and their fabulous product ranges.”

Jill Fenwick 

Venues in Birmingham participating include:

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Shoppers at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts are offered a free framed print with all transactions over £20 in support of Museum Shop Sunday!

Birmingham Museum Trust 
Join Birmingham Museum Trust in celebrating their magnificent food range, offering tasters and a chance to get involved in the online campaign #museumshopsunday. Follow the hashtag on Twitter to find out Birmingham Museum Trust staff's and city influencers' favourite products leading up to Museum Shop Sunday's debut event. Shoppers receive a free craft kit when they spend over £30!

To find out more about the venues participating, visit the Association for Cultural Enterprises Official Website.

Association for Cultural Enterprises

The Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE) promotes commercial best practice in the cultural and heritage sector by providing training and networking opportunities and facilitating the sharing of information and experience between their members. 

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