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.
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.
UNIVERISTY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM
University College of Birmingham is one of the largest landowners in the Jewellery Quarter, accommodating over 8,000 students. Renowned for its vocational courses, such as leisure & tourism, food & beauty and childcare, it has its own bakery, restaurants, bar and spa, which are all available to the public. With a new campus due for completion in 2013, this facility will accommodate 2,500 students and regenerates another area in the Jewellery Quarter.
SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY
The School of Jewellery on Vittoria Street has been located in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter since 1890. The multi award-winning building is the largest School of Jewellery in Europe, with outstanding atrium gallery and exhibition hall spaces, and houses a complex array of workshops. This extraordinary listed Venetian Gothic building is a fitting home for a stunning modern art school. The exterior architecture of the building is an excellent example of traditional local vernacular, while the interior is a contemporary, purpose built environment filled with natural light from a glass roof and open atrium exhibition space. The School is in a truly inspiring setting in which to learn a craft.
Students can chose from a unique and enviable portfolio of courses, including jewellery, silversmithing, horology and gemmology, and will be exposed to the full range of traditional techniques and cutting edge technology. The school also benefits from the close proximity of the University’s Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC), which offers expertise in industry related techniques, such as CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping and laser technology.
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
The University of Law, based in Great Hampton Street, is the largest professional law school in the world and has a reputation for excellence.
Perry Beeches II became the first free school in Birmingham City Centre catering for 11 – 18 year olds. Perry Beeches II is part of the Perry Beeches Academy Trust. Perry Beeches The Academy was named ‘Overall Outstanding Secondary School of the Year’ in 2011/2012.
THE BIRMINGHAM ASSAY OFFICE
Staff knowledge and confidence is more important than ever. Keep ahead of the competition by taking advantage of the education and training courses available at the Birmingham Assay Office.
In response to the ever-changing challenges and opportunities facing its customers, the Assay Office has established an education and training programme in many aspects of the jewellery, precious metal and gemstone industry.
The Quarter is a fantastic environment for learning and discovery. The visitor attractions are suitable for all ages and school visits can be arranged with the Jewellery Quarter Museums.
Learning at the Pen Museum
The Pen Room has a range of educational activities that cover both formal and informal learning. The collection can be used to support a variety of curricular subjects including literacy, local history and citizenship.
For more information about the Pen Museum please call 0121 236 9834 or email email@example.com.
Pen Room Museum & Learning Centre
Unit 3, The Argent Centre
60 Frederick Street
Birmingham B1 3HS
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter offers an exciting range of events and activities for schools and community groups, as well as for families throughout the year.
Schools and colleges – what’s on offer?
- Smith & Pepper Factory Tour.
- Visit to Earth’s Riches: Jewellery from the Natural World – a permanent exhibition that takes a look at jewellery from a more global perspective.
- Workshops covering a broad range of subjects and themes, including illustrated talks, handling sessions and practical activities.
- Galleries about the history of the Jewellery Quarter.
Planning your visit:
- The Museum can accommodate 30 pupils/students at any one time.
- Our programme of workshops and activities suitable for Key Stages 1-4 and upwards can be tailored to suit individual needs.
- The recommended time for your visit is between 1.5 – 2 hours.
- Prior booking for a visit is absolutely essential to avoid disappointment on the day.
- Please note that the Museum is closed every Monday with the exception of bank holidays.
- There is a space available for lunch subject to availability. Please enquire about this facility when booking in your group.
- Disabled access and toilets are available on site.
For further information and to discuss your needs in more detail, please contact the Education and Outreach Officer on 0121 551 9025 or 0121 303 3890. Alternatively, visit www.bmag.org.uk or www.schoolsliaison.org.uk.
Location: 75 – 79 Vyse Street, just 75 metres from the Jewellery Quarter clock and 25 metres from the Jewellery Quarter Station.
Learning in the Cemeteries
Almost 200 years old, the two historic Cemeteries of Key Hill and Warstone Lane are both Grade II registered historic gardens and include some unusual catacombs. They are the burial place of politicians and inventors from the Chamberlain family through to Alfred Bird, inventor of eggless custard!
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