The Pen Museum

The Pen Museum
Unit 3 The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street
Birmingham, West Midlands B1 3HS
United Kingdom
Birmingham
West Midlands
B1 3HS
England

Website

www.penroom.co.uk

E-mail

penmuseum@penroom.co.uk

Telephone

0121 236 9834

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One of Birmingham's great attractions and centres of information about the City's fascinating history. Dedicated to Steel Pen Making in Birmingham

Venue Type:

Museum, Association or society

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 11 to 4
Sunday 1 to 4

Admission charges

Free Admission
Donations Appreciated

Getting there

On Foot
From:
City Centre
Follow Newhall Street, into Graham Street, right into Frederick Street
From Jewellery Quarter Station
Walk along Vyse Street towards 'the clock' and into Frederick Street

Bus
No. 101 bus from City Centre stops in Frederick Street outside Museum
No. 101 bus from Handsworth stops in Vittoria Street adjacent to the Museum

Metro
Every 6-8 minutes daytime from Birmingham Snow Hill Station to Jewellery Quarter Station

Rail
Regular train services from Birmingham Moor Street & Snow Hill Stations to Jewellery Quarter Station

Current themes are Birmingham manufacturers; pen manufacturing processes supported by social history of workers; the history of writing and methods of communicating.

The core collection comprises of items from Birmingham and the Birmingham pen-related trades. The majority of acquisitions have associations with Birmingham during the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century.

Collection details

Industry, Social History, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Glass Pens

Transient Arts join the Pen Museum

  • 15 — 17 May 2014

During the three days of the Museums at Night festival Transient Arts will temporarily become part of the Pen Museum intertwining amongst the exhibits.

With over ten artists covering performance art, video, live ink making, sculpture, writing and drawing. The concept will be formed around the notion of the scribe, drawing, writing and the concept of the pen. The exploration of their traditions and their places in history and in modern society. The artwork will embrace the nature of the museum, juxtaposing history with contemporary examination.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

None

Website

http://www.penroom.co.uk/index.php/events-list/13-museums-at-night/event_details

Flat Irons

  • 1 January — 31 May 2014 *on now

Pen Museum Curator Colin Giles exhibits some of his collection of flat irons. Engage with Colin who will always chat enthusiastically about their history.

Suitable for

  • Any age
People, Pens and Production

Industrial Workwear Exhibition

  • 2 April — 29 June 2014 *on now

Part of the Pen Museum's year celebrating women at work and the publication of the book on the Steel Pen Trade of Birmingham.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.penroom.co.uk/index.php/events-list/30-industrial-work-wear-exhibition/event_details

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Fiona Joseph

Writing Workshop: Working with Museums and Archives

  • 21 May 2014 2-4:30pm

In this World War 1 centenary year, the workshop will draw on materials in the museum relating to the war, and in particular the impact it had on women’s lives.
The workshop will be led by Fiona Joseph. Fiona is a teacher, publisher and writer. She has written a biography of Beatrice Cadbury, the radical daughter of the famous chocolate manufacturer, and is currently working on a novel based on Cadbury women employees in WW1.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£28 or £23 Concession

Website

http://www.writingwestmidlands.org/event/writing-workshop-working-with-museums-and-archives/

Getting there

On Foot
From:
City Centre
Follow Newhall Street, into Graham Street, right into Frederick Street
From Jewellery Quarter Station
Walk along Vyse Street towards 'the clock' and into Frederick Street

Bus
No. 101 bus from City Centre stops in Frederick Street outside Museum
No. 101 bus from Handsworth stops in Vittoria Street adjacent to the Museum

Metro
Every 6-8 minutes daytime from Birmingham Snow Hill Station to Jewellery Quarter Station

Rail
Regular train services from Birmingham Moor Street & Snow Hill Stations to Jewellery Quarter Station

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