- Museums and Art Galleries
Venue type: Indoor
When the proprietors of the Smith and 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. Children will be fascinated by the ordinary factory that seems to have been frozen in time.
In the eighty years before its closure little changed with the working practices or equipment used within the family owned business. Even the decor 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. If you book a guided tour you and your family can see a demonstration of how jewellery was made without machines!
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Parking Available Nearby
Getting There and Contact Information
75 to 79 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6HA, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 - 17:00
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 - 16:00
Kids (3-15): £3.00
Family from £15.00
Assistance/Guide Dogs only
Owing to space limitations in the factory area only one wheelchair can be accommodated at a time.
There is no car park at the museum but parking is available on Vyse street and nearby streets (charges may apply).
Nice slice of history in a very pretty location
Written by Si . 01.02.17
The museum itself was in a lovely old building and deceptively larger than it looks from the outside. All kinds of crazy looking machinery and contraptions to gawp at, but also very interesting to see the methods and tools they used to use to create all their jewellery back in the day.