Pen Museum

Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HS
106 Frederick Street Birmingham England B1 GB

Set in the atmosphere of a former Victorian pen factory, this museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of the pen trade. It is more than just a passive museum with objects on display. It has a great hands-on collection! You can try writing with a variety of different implements including quills and typewriters; you can also try writing in Braille or make your own pen nib using original machinery.

During the 19th century, 75% of everything written in the world was with a Birmingham pen. Birmingham was at the forefront of this trade until it declined in the 1950’s with the invention of the biro and fountain pen. At one time, there were around 100 factories in the Jewellery Quarter area. The development of the steel pen reduced the cost of writing and enabled the spread of literacy throughout the world.

The museum’s collection can be used to support a variety of curricular subjects including literacy, local history and citizenship. Calligraphy classes are held at The Pen Museum on Saturday mornings from 9.45am to 11.15am and 11.30am to 1pm.
There is ongoing research into the social, historical and technical aspects of the trade and also the Jewellery Quarter itself. The museum has assisted people tracing their genealogy and is keen to hear from anybody who has had connections with the trade.

Disabled access toilets and baby change.
As a listed historic building wheelchair access to some areas is limited.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm
Sunday 1pm to 4pm
Last Admission 45 minutes before closing time.


Adult: £5
Concession: £4
Adult with Gift Aid: £5.50
Concession with Gift Aid: £4.40
Kids 5 to 15: £2.00
Kids under 5 are: free

Photo Credits: © Pen Museum

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