Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works

Experience a time capsule – with its working machinery and unusual products – coffin handles and ornaments, linings and shrouds – left on the shelves and workbenches when the workforce set down their tools and left for the very last time. The Newman Brothers factory is a wonderfully preserved example of Victorian engineering which produced some of the world’s finest … Read More

The Pen Museum

During the 19th Century, 75% of everything written in the world was with a ‘Birmingham’ pen. Birmingham was at the forefront of this trade until it declined in the 1950’s with the invention of the biro and fountain pen. At one time there were about 100 factories in the Jewellery Quarter area. The development of the steel pen reduced the … Read More

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Enjoy a guided tour around a real jewellery factory little changed since the early part of the last century, including a demonstration of jewellery making techniques at the jeweller’s bench. For more than eighty years Smith and Pepper produced jewellery from this workshop, founded in 1899. The ‘Earth’s Riches’ gallery showcases jewellery made from material found in the natural world, … Read More

RBSA Gallery

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity that supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of inclusive activities – exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. The Society owns and runs its own exhibition venue, the RBSA Gallery, located just off St Paul’s Square. Admission to all our exhibitions is free and we look … Read More