Pen Museum

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The Pen Museum focuses on the important legacy of Birmingham’s 19th Century pen trade and its significant contribution to improving literacy throughout the world. It’s located in a former pen factory, built in 1863, where visitors experience writing with feather quills, reeds and steel nibs and can also make their own nib using traditional methods. The Museum narrates the interesting lives, stories and important expertise of manufacturers, owners and workers that resulted in Birmingham once manufacturing 75% of the world’s pens. Explore the collection of over 5,000 objects related to the Birmingham Pen Trade. Our team is also happy to answer (where possible) general questions about pens.

What do I need to know?

We have three interactive worksheets for you to download and print. These worksheets will take you on a journey of discovery where you will find out about a royal visit in 1874 to a Birmingham pen factory, the interesting names manufacturers often gave their steel pen nibs (such as Thunderer), and you can also try your hand at ancient translations. Have a go and have fun!

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  • Is this offer suitable for children? YES

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