The Pen Museum – Black Country: The Pit to the Pen

Yesterday I went to the Pen Museum on Frederick Street to learn about the history of pen manufacture, make a nib, and to explore the new temporary exhibition.

The museum allowed us to view the history of pen nibs and we got to make our own

The Pen Museum aims to preserve and promote the legacy of Birmingham’s steel pen trade which at one time provided 75% of the world’s pens. As part of a recent launch of new facilities and exhibition space, the museum has teamed up with local poet, Elinor Cole and Dudley Museums Service to create a new exhibition, ‘Black Country: The Pit to the Pen’.

There is a fantastic display of Elinor’s poetry alongside the etchings of Solihull-born Richard Samuel Chattock whose contemporary works depicted the harsh industrial life in the 1870s Black Country.

The exhibition is on until 31/01/2018

The Pen Museum
The Argent Centre
60 Frederick Street,
Birmingham, B1 3HS

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