It was the rock exhibition which highlighted Birmingham’s place at the centre of the heavy metal revolution through legends like BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST.
But now The Home of Metal show, which was based at the city’s Museum and Art Gallery for one summer, could become permanent if it secures Lottery funding, according to Birminghammail.co.uk.
The exhibition was a huge success in 2011, attracting 200,000 people to see rare artefacts such as Judas Priest stage costumes and Black Sabbath star Tony Iommi’s guitar.
Now the show – which highlighted the influence of Birmingham and the Black Country’s metal bashing past and influence on the pioneering sound – could be set for a return.
It is one of six heritage projects competing for a National Lottery grant in a public vote and the Capsule art group, who set up the show, is calling on the people of the West Midlands to give their support.
Lisa Meyer, of Capsule, said: “We are delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards for our Home of Metal project.
“We managed something quite extraordinary in the summer of 2011. At last fans in Birmingham and the rest of the world had a chance to pay homage to the music and its industrial home.”
The exhibition, which was launched by Tony Iommi, attracted visitors from all over the world and generated £2.7 million for the city’s tourist economy.
As well as staging music memorabilia the show revealed new heavy metal facts, including how Iommi developed his singular way of playing guitar after he injured his hand while working in a local sheet metal factories.
Capsule also compiled a digital archive of memorabilia and memories from metal fans the world over.
Philip Parkin, whose inquiry into Birmingham music heritage and tourism called for a Black Sabbath celebration in the city, said: “Home of Metal was a fantastic thing which raised Birmingham’s profile in the world.
“I was struck by just how many newspapers and media from around the world covered it and how little people knew of Birmingham’s role as the birthplace of heavy metal.”
He said that everyone in Birmingham should support the bid.
Home of Metal is competing against six other projects for the title of Best Heritage Project – Cotton Famine Park, Mary Rose Museum, Moments in Time, Museum of Liverpool, The Restoration of Hackney Empire and St George’s Market.
* To vote visit http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/home-metal