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The Hive at New Standard Works

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The Hive at New Standard Works is located on the ground floor of a grade II listed former jewellery manufactory, built in 1879.

Explore the building’s industrial heritage, and discover some of the trades, innovations and inventions of the Jewellery Quarter through creative exhibitions and installations.

Free entry to exhibitions. Free ‘hands-on’ craft activities available every day we are open.

We are proud to offer an inclusive and friendly environment to all our visitors. Everyone is welcome to enjoy our beautiful industrial building and discover the stories of its past.wall mural depicting man digging

Also, on the ground floor is The Hive Café & Bakery; serving delicious organic and freshly made food, featuring ingredients from the rooftop garden, and great coffee.

OPENING SOON The Maker’s Studio; an accessible creative space to hire for craft workshops and meetings.


Detailed Information


The Hive, New Standard Works, 43-47 Vittoria Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B1 3PE

Tel. 07805 304294

Contact Person(s):

  • Rachael Cooksey, Exhibitions & Programme Manager
  • Suzanne Carter, Outreach & Learning Manager

The Hive Website

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About New Standard Works:

We share the building with Argent College, a Ruskin Mill Trust specialist educational college for young people aged 16 – 25 with learning differences, which operates from the upper floors; including the roof where you’ll find the UK’s only bio-dynamically farmed rooftop garden. The tradition of craft and making in the building since 1879 continues today; the students are mastering the arts of jewellery, silversmithing, leatherwork, felting, catering, horticulture and candle making.

Until it was bought in 2014 by the sister educational charity Ruskin Mill Land Trust, the derelict Standard Works had been left empty and unused for over 28 years.  
The New Standard Works is currently emerging from its third phase of redevelopment.


  • FREE entry to all exhibitions and public spaces.
  • Tours of the complete building and onto the rooftop are available by special arrangement for groups outside college opening hours, and for the public on special event days. displays and colourful craft materials
  • For group bookings to explore the whole four-storey building please call Rachael on 07805 304294 or

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday 10am – 3.30pm
  • CLOSED on Saturdays and Sundays
  • From 2019 we will be open the Second Saturday of the month for The Saturday Sessions; a long day of activities and experiences which combine craft and heritage with an opportunity for people to come together to have creative experiences, be social, eat delicious food and be entertained; all linked to a monthly theme.
  • Open all year round.
  • Christmas Closure notice: In 2018 we will be closed from 3.30pm on Friday 21 December until 10am on Mon 7 January.

Average length of visit

  • 1-1+ hours to explore all exhibitions.
  • No pre-booking required to access the free heritage and art exhibitions.work area with table and displays Across the whole ground floor which includes the café, we can accommodate big tour groups. Tours of the whole building only available by special arrangement.

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  • Café & Bakery -
  • Refreshments, including breakfast and lunch can be purchased from our on-site organic café and bakery.
  • Toilets

How to get here

  • Train: from Birmingham Snow Hill to the Jewellery Quarter (1 stop; the Jewellery Quarter station is just 300 metres (640 steps) from The Hive, New Standard Works).

  • Midland Metro tram to the Jewellery Quarter (Directions as above)

  • Bus: nos. 101 from the city centre stops in front of the building.

  • Car/coach: A41 Birmingham-Wolverhampton road, turn into Vyse Street approx. 1 mile from city centre. Continue to the Chamberlain Clock roundabout and turn left onto Warstone Lane, at the Rose Villa Tavern. Take the first right into Vittoria Street (one-way street). On street parking BEFORE the first road on the left (us); afterwards this is resident permit only parking. 

Disabled Visitors

  • Lift from street level (wheelchair access to all areas).
  • Two accessible toilets on ground floor.
We are working hard to make our heritage as accessible as possible. Please ask for large print versions of heritage display text. From 2019; films for all written text panels which includes British Sign Language, captions and audio.


  • Cars. Multi-storey pay-and-display car park in Vyse Street, approx. 200 m from the The Hive or on-street (2 hour limited stay).
  • Coaches. Set down/pick up only outside the building. One-bay coach space in Branston Street and Fleet Street

Other heritage attractions nearby: