The three-year closure of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has been delayed until after the city hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

A statement from Birmingham Museums Trust said: “Birmingham City Council are proposing to reschedule their modernisation works on the council house complex until after the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

“This will mean that Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will no longer be closing in late 2019.

“This does not change our ambitions to redevelop the museum.

“We will continue to plan the new displays and public facilities so that work can begin on site sometime after 2022.

“Thank you to everyone who visits and supports the museum. We will keep you updated on our exciting plans.”

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