The Pen Museum, Birmingham
Based in a former pen factory in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the Pen Museum tells the story of how modern pens evolved. The museum celebrates the Birmingham pen trade during the 19th Century and the lives of the manufacturers and workers whose expertise placed the city at the centre of this worldwide trade.
Learn about the many pen companies of Birmingham and the history of the trade from a quill to steel nib, to fountain pen. Visitors can make their own nib using traditional machinery, and experience the tough working conditions of the steel pen workers. Visitors can also try handwriting with feather quills, reed pens, and steel pens.
The Museum is dedicated to keeping Birmingham’s industrial legacy alive through displays, activities, classes, and talks. The Museum opened in 2001 and is a volunteer led charity operated by the Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association.