• Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association


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Mission Statement

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.


The Pen Museum is a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers. The Museum tells the story of the Steel Pen trade in Birmingham during the 1800s and the effect it had on its workers, the people of Birmingham and people all over the world.

It is a hands-on museum, based in the Jewellery Quarter, where visitors can use quills, try writing in Braille or make a pen nib using original machinery. It is open to the public throughout the year. For more information about the charity, go to www.penroom.co.uk.


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