Sunday, 24 January 2010

The Pen Room

Today I went to The Pen Room in the Jewellery Quarter and it was amazing. It's the second time I've been and I think you should all go! They show you how to make a pen nib, you can get your name in brail and play with all different types of ink pen from quills to pens made from bamboo.

Did you know:

The unique blend of ingenuity and industrial expertise found in Birmingham thrust the city to the forefront of steel pen design and manufacture. It placed the city at the centre of the world pen trade during the 19th Century and kept it there until the decline of pen making after the 2nd World War. The Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham and the surrounding area offered a centre of skill and a pool of labour to support the development of pen manufacture. During the 19th Century over 100 companies grew up in the area. Towards the end of the century the number of manufacturers had been reduced to 12 main companies.

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