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Pen Museum – Jewellery Quarter

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection.

5,000+ objects from Birmingham’s steel pen trade.


The Pen Museum tells the story of Birmingham’s important role in the information revolution.

Set in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, The Pen Museum is unique in the UK. It celebrates the legacy of Birmingham’s 19th century steel pen trade, where mass production first made mass communication possible. And through exports, made an enormous contribution to global literacy. In effect, this is where the world learned to write. Our museum is based in an 1863 Florentine Renaissance style former pen factory; 1 factory of 129 in Birmingham that once manufactured the majority of the world’s pens

Visit Us and discover how the Jewellery Quarter was home to many of the factories manufacturing the ‘Birmingham pen’ which supplied 75% of the world’s pens during the 19th Century.

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