Our talks provide a fascinating insight into the history of Birmingham’s Pen Trade during the 19th century.

Discover interesting details about the steel pen nib manufacturing processes, key entrepreneurs and the lives of the men, women and children who worked long hours in pen factories to make this trade so successful in terms of production, reputation and improving literacy.

As the Museum is located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter our talks also include intriguing and engaging facts about the Jewellery Quarter.

Talks are currently held online via Zoom and have a minumum cost of £40.

To arrange talks please contact the Museum for further details and to discuss arrangements in full.

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Activity Sheets

We have three enjoyable and interactive worksheets for you to download and print.

These worksheets will take you on a journey of discovery where you will find out about a royal visit in 1874 to a Birmingham pen factory, the interesting names manufacturers often gave their steel pen nibs (such as Thunderer), and you can also try your hand at ancient translations.

Have a go and have fun!