Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association
Based in a former pen factory in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the Pen Museum tells the story of how modern pens evolved. The museum celebrates the Birmingham pen trade during the 1800s, and the lives of the manufacturers and workers whose expertise placed the city at the centre of this worldwide trade.
- Learn about the many pen companies of Birmingham and the history of the trade from quill, to steel nib, to fountain pen.
- Make your own nib using traditional machinery, and experience the tough working conditions of the pen workers.
- Try your hand writing with feather quills, reed pens and steel pens, and use our early typewriters and braille equipment.
The Museum is dedicated to keeping Birmingham’s industrial legacy alive through displays, activities, classes and talks.
Opened in 2001 by the Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association, the Pen Museum is a charity run by volunteers.
The Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association was established in 1996 and registered as a charity in 1997. The Association works to ensure that Birmingham’s role in the importance of the pen trade is explored, appreciated and celebrated world-wide.