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Join the Team

Volunteers Required Our Museum is always happy to recruit additional volunteers to our team. Why not gain new skills and use your time and talents to help us create great experiences for our visitors? There are a number of roles and opportunities to suit you and your availability, so please do get in touch. No prior [...]

Twenty Years in the Making

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Twenty Years Ago 2001 20th Birthday celebrations April  29th 2021 for Our Museum. Sadly we are not able to open again just yet but that time edges closer within the Roadmap. Thank you to everyone in particular our Founders Brian Jones MBE, Colin Giles, Larry Hanks and Ray Handley. Also of course our Volunteers, Trustees, [...]

Culture Recovery Fund – Round 2

2nd April 2021 Pen Museum Museum Update. Absolutely thrilled to have been awarded funding as part of the Culture Recovery Fund. Andy Munro, Chair of the Trustees of the Pen Museum said;   "The Pen Museum Trustees and Volunteers are grateful for the continued support from the Arts Council and the Government Cultural Recovery Fund.  It [...]

Birmingham Pen Shows

Birmingham International Pen Show Birmingham Pen Shows will be held in a fantastic new venue. Birmingham Conference and Events Centre is very close to New Street Station and the Grand Central shopping centre. Parking is behind the venue. This show has replaced the MIDLANDS Pen show, formerly held in Lichfield. This is the first big change [...]

International Women’s Day

International Women's Day Trade Unions and Women The Rise And Fall Of Unity The mid-19th century female pen worker earned money to feed her family or supplement men's low pay. As the industry thrived and more women were employed, the began to organise themselves to fight for fairer wages, the abolition of fines, better safety [...]

Argent Centre – Revealed

The home of Birmingham’s Pen Museum, the Argent Centre has undergone restoration. The work was undertaken by owners of the Argent Centre; Midlands Industrial Association supported by JQ Townscape Heritage, a National Lottery Heritage Fund scheme. The scheme with works to restore the property and reinstate corner the two turrets is now complete. The Argent […]

Culture Recovery Fund – Round 1

13th October 2020 Pen Museum Update Absolutely thrilled to have been awarded funding as part of the Culture Recovery Fund. This vital support will help improve access to our unique and wonderful steel pen collection and enable us to recount the important social history of Birmingham’s 19th Century pen workers whose skill and craftsmanship helped [...]

Pen Museum Update

26th June 2020   Pen Museum Update As the Government starts to ease the lockdown, and in view of the invaluable financial support we’ve received from both our Crowdfunding Campaign and Arts Council England, our Trustees are proposing to reopen open the Pen Museum with new Covid safety procedures in place to ensure the safety of [...]

2020 Fundraising Appeal

2020 Fundraising Appeal Our heartfelt thanks go out to every one of our generous Crowdfunding supporters who helped us raise an amazing £6,163 in just 41 days. We will be in touch in due course as well with all those generous supporters who also selected a reward with their donation. Whilst we have been fortunate [...]