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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

75-80 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6HA

Tel: +44 (0)121 348 8140

Entry: Charges apply to the tour of the Smith and Pepper factory and the galleries. The shop, cafe and temporary exhibition space are free to enter.
Adults £5
Concessions £4
Children under 16 FREE
Annual multi site pass: £20 individual, £30 joint

Opening Times:
Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Except Bank Holiday Mondays.

When the proprietors of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm decided to retire in 1981 they ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations. Tools were left strewn on benches; grubby overalls were hung on the coat hooks; and dirty teacups were abandoned alongside jars of marmite and jam on the shelf.

In the eighty years before its closure little changed with the working practices or equipment used within the family-owned business. Even the décor had more in common with early 20th century trends than a thriving business in the early 1980s. Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.

What will I see at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter?

  • Visit to the Smith & Pepper factory by guided tour. Allow one hour for guided tour. Last tour approximately one hour before closing. The maximum number of people on each tour is 18.
  • The museum shop, which stocks a range of locally made designer-maker jewellery.
  • Live demonstrations at the jeweller’s bench showing how the Smith & Pepper bangle was made.
  • The vast array of original tools, stamps and machinery that remains inside the factory.

The museum is open all year round, but entrance to the factory is by guided tour only. School parties and pre-booked groups are welcome. Please contact the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter for further details.

What's On at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter from August to September

  • An Adaptable Trade: The Jewellery Quarter at War
    14th June 2014 - 27th June 2015
    First World War Centenary Exhibition.
  • Canvas Bags for Summer. 7th August, 1-3pm
    Join artist Lisa Broughton for this family fun craft workshop. Design and create your own canvas bag to take on your summer holidays! Booking essential (call 0121 348 8140). £3 per child.
  • Crafty Beadwork14th August, 1-3pm
    Join artist Gilly Page for this family fun craft workshop. Design and create your jewellery and accessories using recycled beads and materials! Booking essential (call 0121 348 8140). £3 per child.
  • Vintage Jewellery and Craft 21st August, 1-3pm
    Join artist Jolene Smith for this family fun craft workshop and design and create your own vintage jewellery. Booking essential (call 0121 348 8140). £3 per child. Printmaking Fun
  • Printmaking Fun28th August, 1-3pm
    Join artist Adrienne Craddock for this family fun craft workshop and design and create your own print. Booking essential (call 0121 348 8140). £3 per child.
  • 'A Family Concern: The Jewellery Quarter at War'.
    9-13th September, 7pm.
    Go back in time to hear the stories of people’s lives during the war through a series of drama performances. Booking essential (call 0121 348 8263). £12 per person. 

What's On at All Birmingham Museums' Heritage Sites

For more information on events and activities check the What’s On page for listings.