Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association

Did you know it costs over £150 a day to run the Pen Museum? We are extremely proud to be an independent museum and also a charity and do not receive any regular public funding. We RELY ON admission CHARGES,SALES AND DONATIONS. To allow us to continue to preserve and display our unique collections, we need your support.


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The Pen Museum promotes and preserves the important legacy of Birmingham’s pen trade, which, at its height employed an estimated 8,000 workers, of which 70% were women. The mass production of affordable pens helped improve literacy worldwide and wherever a pen was used it had most likely been manufactured in Birmingham. Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association CIO is a registered charity no. 1176955