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Happy Christmas Everyone!

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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

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‘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 [...]

West Midlands Museum Development Volunteer Awards 2017

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On 19 September at the Birmingham Hippodrome, 130 guests were treated to a fantastic evening of fun and entertainment for the West Midlands Volunteer Awards ceremony. These awards were established to highlight the crucial work and invaluable efforts made by volunteers to the museum sector. One of these guests was Nick Lambert, Visitor Engagement volunteer from the [...]

What it’s Like to Volunteer at the Pen Museum

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I first came to the Pen Museum as a young child; I am now 21 years old and so much has changed here since then. As a volunteer, I have seen the stages of transformation that have been undertaken here, and I’ve been able to be a part of it. Being a small museum volunteers [...]

Blogging at the Pen Museum

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It just seems right that a museum devoted to pens should have a blog and thanks to Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Writing West Midlands, I got to be the official Blogger in Residence. I asked for it. Quite literally: I’m a writer and when being considered for museum work, I really did say “Hello, […]

New Exhibition – Black Country: The Pit to the Pen

Black Country: The Pit to the Pen

As part of a recent launch of new facilities and exhibition space, the museum has teamed up with local poet, Elinor Cole and Dudley Museums Service to create a new exhibition, “Black Country: The Pit to the Pen. Visitors will be able to see Elinor’s poetry alongside the etchings of Solihull-born Richard Samuel Chattock whose […]

World Calligraphy Day 2017 writing its own headlines

World Calligraphy Day 2017

Manuscript Pen Company are celebrating the success of the inaugural World Calligraphy Day 2017 across the world. World Calligraphy Day 2017 The renowned pen manufacturer celebrated the popular craft at The Pen Museum, as people put pen to paper both in Birmingham and throughout the globe. With record numbers visiting the Jewellery Quarter attraction, attendees […]

20 Must-Visit Attractions in Birmingham, UK

Top 20 Attractions Must Visit

The Culture Trip July 2017 Must Visit Home to countless museums, arts venues, heritage sites and family attractions, the UK’s second city has way more to offer than a good Balti. Read on to plan your perfect Must Visit weekend in Birmingham. Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter was once home to over 100 factories manufacturing the ‘Birmingham […]

Best museums to visit in Birmingham

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Birmingham from fine art to pens, bikes and coffins. Birmingham (and its surrounding area) is home to a diverse mixture of museums and galleries. From the traditional opulence of the collections at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts to the more specialised interests at the Pen Museum and Coffin Works. The area’s rich heritage provides […]

Top USA Calligrapher at the Pen Museum

Barry Morentz

Anyone interested in the art of decorative handwriting, lettering or design is invited to a demonstration by renowned American calligrapher Barry Morentz at Birmingham’s Pen Museum, in the Jewellery Quarter, on Sunday 19 March. Barry runs a studio in Manhattan, New York City, where he has carried out calligraphic work for such big-name companies and […]