Last week my husband and I went to Jewellery Quarter Museum in Birmingham. We’ve been to the Jewellery Quarter before, but didn’t visit the museum until now. For anybody with a love for jewellery and history, this is the perfect place. The workshop looks exactly like it was in 1981, when everybody left and locked the door behind them.
The museum has an exhibition on two floors that can be seen in less than 30 minutes. The most interesting thing is the guided tour, that lasts 1 hour and is included in the entrance fee. It’s worth waiting for the tour, as it took us in the workshop and that is not open to the public as there are lots of things that can be dangerous. The guide told us many funny stories and a detailed presentation of the family that worked there, their employees and the life in the Jewellery Quarter.
There are a few jewellery pieces on display and they look so pretty.
This is a Vinaigrette box from 1837, designed by Nathaniel Mills. The Vinaigrette boxes had a sponge in them, underneath a grill. The sponge would have been soaked in nice smelling oils and were used by men and women whilst travelling because the streets smell bad.
After seeing the exhibits, we’ve waited for the guide to start the tour. It was very interesting. I’ll share a few stories, but not too many, so it’s still fab if you want to visit the museum.
I think it is sad how the factory ended. The owners wanted to sell it, but nobody was buying, then they wanted to make it into a museum and the council wasn’t interested at that time. As none of the owners had children and all three of them were over 70 at that time, they closed the factory; locked the doors and left. After 10 years the house was transformed into a museum that we can now enjoy.
Have you been to Jewellery Quarter Museum?