Any successful urban village needs education facilities. Whether you wish to study, learn a trade or learn about the history and culture of the Quarter, there is something for everyone in the Jewellery Quarter.
Interesting place to learn
Home to the largest School of Jewellery in Europe and located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter since 1890, this unique school offers an exceptional creative environment in which to learn and study.
The University College Birmingham is a specialist higher education institution, offering vocational programmes within leisure & tourism, food & retail, sports, childcare, beauty therapy & hairdressing, and business at a wide range of levels, from masters degrees to craft training. The site has since expanded with the opening of McIntyre House, a purpose-built centre for undergraduate and postgraduate study in September 2014.
Other colleges, such as Abbey College (post 16), are established in the area while Perry Beeches II became the first free school to occupy and refurbish a redundant office building on Newhall Street. Perry Beeches IV followed, the second edition to the Quarter from the Perry Beeches family, opening it’s doors in September 2014 on Albion Street. The College of Law, based in Great Hampton Street, is the largest professional law school in the world and has a reputation for excellence.
But learning is not restricted to the institutions. The Pen Museum, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, the Cemeteries, the Assay Office, the Newman Brothers Coffin Works and JW Evans are all places where children, families and visitors can while away hours soaking up the rich history of the Jewellery Quarter.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which opened in 1981, is built around a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop, dating back to 1901. It tells the story of the Quarter, as well as Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage. Voted as the third best free tourist attraction in Europe by Trip Advisor in 2008, behind the Pantheon in Rome and the National Gallery in London, it receives thousands of visitors a year, many from overseas.
Similarly, the Diamond Setting School was recently established by skilled craftsmen behind Andreea Design and offers 1-to-1 bespoke courses on stone setting from novice to advanced qualification level.