The Pen Museum The Pen Museum

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The Pen Museum

The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HS, United Kingdom | +44 (0)121 236 9834 | Website

Venue Description

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 are 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.


There is no level access to the service. There is not a hearing assistance system. This venue does not play background music/noise. Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue. The lighting levels are varied.

Awards List

Accredited Museum (Arts Council) TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Queens Award for Voluntary Service


Step free access Toilets available for use by visitors with physical disabilities provide some support via grab rails but are not suited to a wheelchair user, Alternative accesible toilets are available for wheelchair users.


Mostly volunteers

COVID Precautions

Last updated:

To help protect our Volunteers please wear a face covering (unless exempt) and use hand sanitiser regularly throughout your visit. Do not pass your phone or printed tickets to our staff. You may be asked for your name and booking number. Follow the one-way system at all times as directed by our Volunteers. Being on the ground floor most areas of the Pen Museum are wheelchair accessible. Please do not enter if you or any of your party are feeling unwell, have had any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with anyone that has had the virus in the last 14 days. We hope you enjoy your visit.

The venue says it has...

  • Audio Described
  • Carer Discount
  • Disabled Access
  • Online Booking

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