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Do you enjoy engaging with local Birmingham history? We have various ways you can get involved and support Our Museum


As a charity, we totally depend on our dedicated, experienced and loyal team of volunteers along with the generosity of donors and supporters. Our wonderful visitors also provide regular income to help keep this part of Birmingham’s important heritage alive.

Being an independent Museum of charitable status with operating costs circa £65,000 per annum admissions, gift aid and donations are critical to our survival.

Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association CIO is a registered charity no. 1176955


Our Museum can offer placement opportunities for those interested in history, heritage and tourism professions.

We welcome enquiries from students for work experience at any time of the year at any stage of their academic career at aged 18 or over. Our availability to accept new students does depend on the numbers involved at one time therefore we suggest students liaise with their tutors or teachers before contacting the museum.

We offer a structured programme depending on the requirements.


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?

Do you enjoy talking to people and sharing a passion for Birmingham’s social and industrial history?

We have a number of roles and opportunities including archives, collections, tour guiding, front of house, gift shop and marketing.

No prior experience required, however, we look for friendly, approachable individuals with an interest in heritage*

*Aged 18+

If you are interested in volunteering for the Pen Museum please contact us, we can then arrange an informal chat with the Museum Manager, to discuss our currently available roles.


Get in touch we would love to meet you.

Our Museum is a recipient of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities.

This annual award is considered the MBE for volunteer groups – read about us

Queens Award for Voluntary Service


Why not become part of remembering and supporting industrial heritage?

Support the work of the Pen Museum by becoming a member today!

Members receive a newsletter “Pen Talk”, voting rights at the Annual General Meetings and enjoy 20%  members discount in our gift shop.

Members must be over the age of 18.

Annual memberships cost:

Single membership: £16.00

Couples membership: £26.00

Overseas single membership: £19.75

Overseas couples membership: £31.00

To become a member:

Download and complete a membership form download here once completed either pay by BACS [details shown on form] and email form to the Membership Secretary or pay by cheque payable to BPTHA and post the form and cheque to the Membership Secretary, The Pen Museum, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS.

N.B If you wish to make a further donation with your membership, complete the relevant section of the form or donate online. If you are a qualifying UK Tax Payer and wish to Gift Aid membership and donation please complete the Gift Aid section.

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