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.
The Pen Museum,
Unit 3, The Argent Centre,
60, Frederick Street,
Tel: 0121 236 9834.
Contact Person: Katie Rickett
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.
Friday 11am to 5pm
Saturday 11am to 5pm
Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Calligraphy classes and workshops
Group visits by arrangement
Partly wheelchair accessible