Wednesday 18th May 2016
75-80 Vyse Street
B18 8HA
0121 348 8140

Join us visiting the preserved workshop of the Smith and Pepper manufacturing firm which closed its doors in 1981 and tells the story of Birminghams renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.

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Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - cost £8.00
Venue: Newman Brothers,
The Coffin Works,13-15 Fleet Street
Jewellery Quater,
B3 1JP
tel: 0121 233 44790

Established in 1882 the Newman Brothers Factory "is a rare and wonderfully preseved example of Victorian Engineering". 

"Experience a time capsule, with its working machinery and unusual products - coffin handles and ornaments, linings and shrouds - left on the shelves and workbenches when the workforce set down there tools and left for the very last time."

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Dudley Museum Services have put together a programme of events to celebrate the role of women in the glass industry. Join in at Broadfield House on Thursday 23rd of April from 10am till midday where there will be tea, coffee, biscuits and a chance to look through archival material. Come along and share your stories and contribute to this interesting project.

For more information contact Project Officer Sophie Colley 
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01384 812745 / 01384 815571

BBC Radio 4 in Dudley

Shaun Ley of BBC Radio 4 will be in Dudley on Thursday 26th of March to hear the views on issues affecting local voters as part of the World At One programme. This is a great opportunity to discuss the glass making heritage of the area and the future of museum collections:

Thursday 26th March, 7.30pm - 9pm
Dudley Enhance, Priory Road, Dudley DY1 4AD (between Dudley Sixth and Advance)

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This was truly an evening when most of us could say - "Well, I never knew that!" Mark Hill is a prolific author, BBC TV presenter, antiques, collectables and 20th century design expert. After working for Sotheby's and Bonhams, he became a director of an antiques internet site. Since 2002, he has worked with Judith Miller on a range of bestselling books and price guides for DK and Millers. We learnt about the history of writing implements from the quill to the modern day collectable fountain pen that will never see the light of day - such a waste of design, engineering and beauty - but may be profitable at some time in the future. The names of pens such as Swan, Blackbird, Parker 51, Colibri, Mont Blanc, Stewart, Shaeffer and others became the start of a fascinating journey from pens of note rather than value to Japanese enamelled and artist signed pens worth £36,000. One thing is certain - there is an awful lot to learn. Several Friends brought in pens for valuation and explanation. One 1963 Burgundy Parker bought as a Best Man's gift was worth about £20. Another Ladies Parker had the right dimples in the ends but was brown mottled and therefore not exciting. A thoroughly entertaining and informative evening.
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