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“People, Pens and Production – in Birmingham’s Steel Pen Trade”

Posted January 15th, 2014 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Exciting times for our friends at The Pen Museum who have recently published a book on the Birmingham Steel Pen Trade.


There will be a public launch at the Library of Birmingham on 1st March 2014 as part of the Cultures Season. From 11am to 4pm (in the spotlight area close to the foyer) there will be Braille and Calligraphy workshops plus guest speakers and the opportunity to meet the museum volunteers as well.

Download a brochure for the Culture Season here.

Book Front Large

The book, edited by Brian Jones, is the first comprehensive study of the Birmingham steel pen trade. Through 354 pages with illustrations, this graphic account traces this intriguing story and the dramatic reduction of the trade accelerated by the invention of the Biro in 1938.

Publication has been made possible with the generous support of the publishers and grant making trusts and foundations. The museums volunteers have also contributed a vast amount of knowledge to the contents of the book. It is retailing at £14.95 and is available direct from the Pen Museum or online at

Email: or telephone: 0121 236 9834 for further details. Proceeds from sales will be used to support the museum.


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