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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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  • Small but elegant £ 5.00 for adults entry small nib museum with factory, they will help you to make nib yourself, lot of designs with nibs and various types.  more »
  • We spent nearly two hours at this fascinating museum. A real gem of a place ,staffed by real enthusiasts, who made he time fly by. Especially Larry who was such a treaty of fresh air ! Well worth a vi...  more »
  • The Pen Museum was a nice surprise and unexpectedly so interesting. Who knew that 75% of pen nibs in the world used to be made in Birmingham? Also, how decorative they are in the displays that were us...  more »
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  • This was a lovely visit. It took us about 20 minute or so, from the city centre on foot (Birmingham New Street), but it was well worth it. I'm not all that interested in pens, but this place managed to keep me inside for well over an hour. Lots of history and useful/educational information provided - great for kids aged 4+ I think. Staff are extremely friendly, full of knowledge and stories. There's a video you can watch to get some facts about the Birmingham pen business - 75% of pen nibs in the world came from here. In the end you can make your own pen nib with help of staff (almost from scratch) to take home with you, or you can just try writing with different pen nibs. The admission is not expensive (£5) and you can give a donation, to keep this place up and running. Great idea on a rainy day (as it happened in our case).
  • Interesting museum if your into pens and writing etc. You can get to make your own pen nib cool!
  • The museum shows an interesting chunk of Birmingham's history. It's also great who like visiting workshops and learn a bit about early manufacturing. The venue is small but one can easily spend there 1-2 hours.
  • A tiny little gem of a museum: the single exhibition room is packed full of character! We enjoyed producing our own pen nibs, with the help of a friendly volunteer.
  • Wonderful example of Birmingham's Industry: we were informed that at one time in History 65% of all written words were produced with Birmingham pen nibs.

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To experience the best urban attractions available in Birmingham, book your lodgings in the pedestrianized city center. This area is known for its attractive walkways, which provide easy foot access to most tourist sites. Centrally located hotels offer stunning views of the city's skyline and numerous modern amenities, including luxurious spa centers and award-winning restaurants. Staying close to the center will put you in the thick of the action, near all of the city's famous bars and nightclubs. If all you are looking for is a good night's sleep and a warm meal, consider booking your rooms at a family-run B&B in one of the quieter neighborhoods on the outskirts of town.
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