Making steel pen nibs in Birmingham during the Victorian era was a major industry with 129 companies employing circa 8,000 workers (mainly women).

By visiting the Pen Museum, you will discover a wide range of fascinating objects and details that help tell the story of Birmingham’s pen trade and its important legacy including the link between a prominent pen manufacturer (Josiah Mason) and the establishment of the University of Birmingham.

Throughout the Museum there is a range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy including writing with a quill and ink, using typewriters plus an exciting opportunity to make your own nib using the same machinery once operated by women workers in the 19th century.

Pre-booking is essential.

Please check the Museum website for full details and requirements.

Q Wheelchair Access?

As the Pen Museum is located in a listed historic building, wheelchair access to some areas is limited. A toilet with disabled access and a baby changing facility is available to visitors.

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  • Tuesday11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Wednesday11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Thursday11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Friday11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Saturday01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Price Range Adult: £6.00 / Gift Aid: £6.60*

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