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An Adaptable Trade: The Jewellery Quarter at War

An Adaptable Trade: The Jewellery Quarter at War

Location: Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

14th June 2014 - 27th June 2015

First World War Centenary Exhibition.

Before the outbreak of the War in 1914, Birmingham’s jewellery industry was vast, with an estimated 70,000 people employed in manufacturing jewellery and supplying the trade.  By 1918 over 200 firms had closed, and employee numbers halved - and yet Birmingham’s jewellery trade survived, retaining much of its former dominance.  This exhibition explores how the industry adapted to wartime austerity, the impact on local people, and the vital role played by women.  Looking in detail at three prominent Jewellery Quarter firms, and illustrated with items loaned from family collections, it reveals the extraordinary sacrifices made by a generation of Birmingham people.

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm. Admission to exhibition is free although charge applies for admission to museum and factory tour.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75-80 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6HA
0121 348 8140