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Support Us

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 £60,000 per annum admissions, gift aid and donations are critical to our survival.

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

Student Placements

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 16 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 school’s and/or student’s own requirements.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

We are keen to recruit Front of House volunteers and EPOS till operators for the gift shop.

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

*Aged 16+

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.

Email: or apply online via Do IT

Get in touch we would love to meet you.

Our Museum is a recipient of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service which is 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



Why not become part of something exciting?

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

Members receive a regular newsletter “Pen Talk”, a lapel badge, Membership Card, voting rights at 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: £15.00

Couples membership: £25.00

Overseas single membership: £18.75

Overseas couples membership: £30.00

To become a member:

By post:
Contact the Museum to request a membership form or download here, when completed send with BACS payment or cheque payable to BPTHA to Linda Murch Membership Secretary, The Pen Museum, Unit 3, 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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