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Pen Museum

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Making steel pen nibs in Birmingham during the Victorian era was a major industry with 129 companies employing circa 8,000 workers (mainly women). By visiting the Pen Museum, you will discover a wide range of fascinating objects and details that help tell the story of Birmingham’s pen trade and its important legacy including the link between a prominent pen manufacturer (Josiah Mason) and the establishment of the University of Birmingham.

Throughout the Museum there are a range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy including writing with a quill and ink, using typewriters plus an exciting opportunity to make your own nib using the same machinery once operated by women workers in the 19th century.

 


Detailed Information

Contacts:

Address:
The Pen Museum,
Unit 3, The Argent Centre,
60, Frederick Street,
Hockley,
Birmingham
B1 3HS.
Tel: 0121 236 9834.
Contact Person: Katie Rickett


Museum Website


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Admission

  • Adult: £6.00 / Gift Aid: £6.60*
    Concession: £4.50 / Gift Aid: £4.95*
    Children: £2.50 (aged 5-15)
    Children: FREE (under 5)

    *Gift Aid admission prices include a 10% voluntary donation.



    Admission charges to special events may vary. Please check the website for details.

Opening Hours

  • Friday 11am to 5pm
    Saturday 11am to 5pm
    Sunday 1pm to 5pm

  • Please note that pre-booking is now required, this can be done from our website

Facilities

  • Shop.
  • Meeting room for hire
  • Toilets.

Services

  • Calligraphy classes and workshops
    Family events
    Group visits by arrangement a circular display  of hundreds of pen nibs

Disabled Visitors

  • Partly wheelchair accessible
    Accessible toilets

How to get there:

  • Train: From Birmingham Snow Hill to Jewellery Quarter Station, 1500 yards from station.
    Tram: From Birmingham City Centre to Jewellery Quarter Station, 1500 yards from station.
    Bus: 101 from City Centre stops outside the Pen Museum.

Parking

  • Cars: Pay-and-Display street parking
  • Coaches: Set down/pick-up at door.

Average Length of Visit

  • 1 hour.