Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
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.
There are live demonstrations of traditional jewellery-making skills and visitors can experience of what it was like to work in this noisy and busy workshop.
Admission charges have been introduced to our community museums - Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Soho House, Sarehole Mill - from April 1 2011. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter began charging in January 2011.
Please visit main museum website for details of charges that apply Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website.
Open all year round, Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am-4pm.
Closed on Sundays and Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter can be found on Vyse Street, just off the A41 Great Hampton Street - a main road out of the city centre. Vyse Street has a pay and display car park for up to 559 cars. There is also street pay and display parking in the area.
Buses 16, 74, 78, 79, 101 and 8C all pass the end of Vyse Street, less than a minute's walk.
The Jewellery Quarter train and Metro tram station are also very close - just 50 metres away.
75 - 79 Vyse Street
Tel: 0121 554 3598
To find out about exhibitions, events and activities at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter please visit the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website.