Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is world renowned amongst the jewellery industry. It is also an area that boasts an abundance of stunning architecture and luckily for us vintage Volvos (see below) I think this was the most popular photographed item of the day!
I always forget how close the Jewellery Quarter is to the city centre and don’t visit the area very often so I was quite looking forward to seeing the hidden gems of the Jewellery Quarter.
The Jewellery Quarter is a bit of an Instagrammers dream as there is lots of interesting architecture and museums to photograph. I kept stopping to take photos of doors as there were lots of fabulous specimens to see.
As part of the instameet we had the opportunity to visit the Pen Museum and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit both so as a self confessed stationery addict I opted for the Pen Museum which is based in a former pen factory. As well as nibs and other pen paraphernalia there were lots of typewriters on display including a skeleton typewriter.
One of the highlights of the instameet was visiting Key Hill and Warstone Lane cemeteries and seeing the catacombs where John Baskerville, the printer and Major Harry Gem, the founder of lawn tennis are buried.
Having sampled a small taster of the rich history on offer at the Jewellery Quarter I will certainly be heading back there before long.