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The Pen Museum, Birmingham

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To promote and preserve the history and legacy of the steel Pen Trade in Birmingham, for the advancement of the education and benefit of the public. To maintain a museum that displays the skill and craftsmanship of the Pen Makers and their employees and also houses historic artefacts and ephemera related to the art of writing.

To actively engage with, interest and inform as wide a cross-section of the community in the West Midlands as possible as to the social significance of the introduction of the steel pen, including the wider national and international impact of the Birmingham Pen Trade. To provide opportunities, particularly for young people, to develop an interest in written communication and an appreciation of its place in the modern world.
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  • Before I visited Birmingham's Pen Museum, I'd never given much thought to how something as mundane as a pen nib was made - or that there were so may different sorts! I learnt about what life was like ...  more »
  • The museum is quite small but has a lot of exhibits. It brought back memories of using a fountain pen at school, using blotting paper and having your fingers stained with ink! The guides were very inf...  more »
  • Good value for money. Really enjoyed this informative museum. The gentleman who showed us how to make a pen nib and all about the people who worked there was great. We even got to keep the nib. Well w...  more »
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  • A fascinating trip into the past hosted by enthusiastic and very knowledgeable guides. A little gem of Birmingham history tucked away in the jewellery quarter. Would recommend this experience to anyone and you get the chance to make your very own pen nib!
  • Amazing museum. 1pound for admission only. But you will get so many souvenirs. The owners are friendly. Too bad the museum is too small
  • I enjoyed walking around the museum, there was lots of information and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. It cost £2 per person for adults. You can try writing with old ink fountain pens as well as using typewriters (this makes computers seem like wonderful invention). I think it would appeal to families for something to do while out in the jewellery quarter.
  • £1 entry fee per person. Fascinating collection. Staff are nice and knowledgeable.
  • We visited the Pen Museum on Boxing Day, which was actually open! It's run by volunteers and is a fascinating place. Who knew that two thirds of the world's pens came from here. You can make a pen nib yourself as a guide takes you through the process and then try calligraphy and play on a variety of typewriters. A truly fascinating place and friendly, knowledgable staff.