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 – Towering Glory

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 almost complete. There will […]

Culture Recovery Fund

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 [...]

Annual General Meeting 2019

John Crabtree OBE

Thank you from everyone present at our AGM for the Talk/presentation by the Lord Lieutenant John Crabtree OBE focusing on his work as Chair of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and what the event might mean/opportunities for the Heritage sector and also his connections with Brandauer given their pen making heritage and his […]

Bostin’ Creative Arts & Theatre

Bostin' Creative Arts & Theatre
Bostin' Creative Arts & Theatre After the most successful/manic/so worth it week here is a link to the process of ‘Forewords!’ All thanks to Martin McNally. A huge thanks to the Pen Museum, Four Dwellings Academy and Turves Green Girls School! Give it a watch and let us know what you think. Forewords Project Forewords [...]

Bostin’ Creative “Forewords”

Bostin' Creative Arts & Theatre
Women of the Pen Trade This year, we at Bostin' Creative were awarded Arts Council funding to work with Turves Green Girls School and Four Dwellings Academy, in partnership with the Birmingham Pen Museum. Together, using the Women of the Birmingham Pen Trade as our artistic stimulus, we have created a promenade piece of Theatre, [...]

Suffrage Exhibition & the Winner Is!

Linda Toft - Clock
Suffrage Exhibition Prize Giving As reported in the Summer edition of Pentalk, the Penscribes at the Pen Museum mounted an exhibition of calligraphy in the museum entitled “Suffrage”.  In the spirit of the subject matter, visitors and volunteers were invited to vote on which piece of work most appealed to them.  The slips have now [...]