Jewellery Quarter Heritage Walks

museumBirmingham’s Jewellery Quarter today is a flashback to the days of the city’s industrial development, and also a living evolving community of craftsmen, manufacturers and retailers.

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’s Heritage walks will transport it back to the days of industrial development showcasing its rich past.

The Jewellery Quarter Heritage Walks will allow visitors to explore the themes, people and places that helped to make the area the one-time largest centre of jewellery production in the world. It remains Britain’s main centre of jewellery making.

The heritage walks will take place on October 3 from 2pm-4pm.

Starting at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, where the family firm of Smith & Pepper made jewellery for almost 100 years, visitors can go on a journey back in time along streets drenched in history to allow them to discover the stories of those who defined the area.

They can learn more about famous Egyptologist Colonel Vyse, whose estate formed a large part of the area as it is known today, as well as internationally-heralded companies that made fine jewellery for royalty and a host of celebrities including Jenson Button, Eric Clapton and Sophia Loren.

Oliver Buckley, property manager at Birmingham Museum Trust, which runs the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, said: “The Jewellery Quarter has been described as a national treasure and a place of unique character. The Georgian and Victorian houses of the Jewellery Quarter largely housing the trade gives us one of the last surviving examples in Britain of the transition from a domestic economy to an industrial one.

“These heritage walks will focus on the jewellery trade but also encompass many other aspects of the Jewellery Quarter’s rich history that placed Birmingham firmly on the national and international map.”

Places cost £5 per person and must be booked in advance. Call 0121 348 8140 or visit http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

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