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 now complete. The Argent Centre, a Grade II* listed building, is also home to Birmingham’s unique Pen Museum which celebrates the city’s steel pen industry, which at its height in the 19th century is estimated to have produced the majority of the world’s pen nibs.
Andy Munro, Chair of the Pen Museum, said;
“Now restored to its former glory complete with dramatic turrets the Argent Centre, home to Birmingham’s unique Pen Museum it will be appreciated as one of the city’s outstanding architectural gems.
“The Pen Museum is appropriately housed in what was originally a former pen factory of W E Wiley who produced gold pens in the 19th Century. Birmingham’s Pen Museum is an important part of the city’s heritage and attracts visitors from all over the UK and overseas as well as local visitors to appreciate the city’s extraordinary history for generations to come.”
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