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The Pen Museum celebrates the Royal Wedding

Commemorating a Very Special Event The Pen Museum in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is delighted to celebrate the Royal Wedding with a unique, hand made, handwritten card sent today to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Meghan is well known as a calligraphy aficionado and she is sure to be delighted with this special card commissioned and […]

New Exhibition by the Birmingham Calligraphy Society

The Pen Museum is delighted to host a brand new exhibition in partnership with the Birmingham Calligraphy Society. A total of 9 contributors have come together to present an incredible variety of styles and themes. With Psalms, the Staffordshire Hoard and even a gilded badger to name a few, this colourful exhibition is sure to […]

New President signs in at the Pen Museum

Birmingham City Councillor Philip Davis became President of The Pen Museum from April, at the beginning of an important new chapter in this unique museum’s history.  His appointment coincides with its formal transition into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, at the start of an ambitious expansion and development programme. Cllr. Davis is well placed to help […]

Pens, People and Power: The 1918 Representation of the People Act

As thousands of us turn out to vote in local elections today, let’s briefly step back 100 years to when the UK’s Representation of the People Act was passed at a time when female workers made up around 75% of the Birmingham pen trade’s workforce. 2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People […]

International Women’s Day

When the history of Birmingham is told, pen making is right up there with every fine trade the city was founded on. The names of brothers John and William Mitchell will rightly also always be mentioned as the first manufacturers to use machines for cutting pen nibs. Wrongly, though, there are people who don’t get […]

It’s World Book Day

Today the whole world honours books – and what are books written with? Okay, thee days it’s mostly computer keyboards. Yet the greatest works of literature ever written were first done by hand using exactly the kinds of pens we have here in the museum. We don’t use the word ‘exactly’ lightly, either. During the [...]

New year’s resolution: fix that handwriting

Handwriting
Where else could you go to learn beautiful handwriting? Right here in the Pen Museum you’ll always find a chance to try out calligraphy – and there’s always a workshop to teach you how to do it properly and fix that handwriting. Calligraphy is more than just exquisite handwriting, it’s a true art form in [...]

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Happy Christmas everyone! We are closed, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and reopen on Wednesday December 27th. We are closed on New Year's Day. Hope to see you guys real soon!

The Pen Museum’s first Poet-in-Residence

‘Appropriately, a museum devoted to pens is also full of writers and you’ll be hearing from them all.’ Poet in Residence Two months ago, blogger-in-residence William Gallagher gave this insight into the Pen Museum and its natural aptitude for storytelling. Based in a former pen manufactory, stories are woven into the very fabric of the [...]

Christmas & New Year Opening 2017

Christmas Festive Holiday 2017
Pen Museum Christmas & New Year Opening times and days 2017  The Museum will be closed Monday 25 December, Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January 2018. Otherwise, the Museum opening times and days remain as published. Monday - Closed Tuesday to Saturday open 11am to 4pm Sunday open 1pm to 4pm Last admission 3.15pm. [...]