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 legacies of the past flourish in the future. He is Chairman of the highly successful Jewellery Quarter Development Trust, a trustee of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, where he used to run a pit-winding engine, and he set up the Chamberlain Highbury Trust, to preserve and restore the dynasty’s former home.
Of his new role, Philip says “The Pen Museum is the only one of its kind in the UK. It’s a living celebration of Birmingham’s Victorian steel nib pen manufacturers, who literally taught the world to write. It’s also an excellent example of how voluntary effort and passion for history makes their fascinating story relevant and involving in a digital-dominated world. I’m delighted to be part of the Museum’s next exciting moves forward”.
Philip Davis grew up on the Smethwick/Winson Green border. His first memories of the Jewellery Quarter were from travelling through Hockley on the 96 bus.
A former English Heritage commissioner, Cllr. Davis is Birmingham’s Heritage Champion and chairs the City Heritage Strategy Group. From 1995 – 2005 he was founder chair of the UK Local Authorities World Heritage Forum, a heritage lobby group of some 40 local councils.
As Chair of BCC Trust & Charities Committee he set up the Chamberlain Highbury Trust. He was elected to Birmingham City Council in 2012. He led Telford & Wrekin Borough in the early 2000’s and is former Chair of the West Midlands Regional Museums Council and the WM Regional Assembly.