When the proprietors of the Smith & 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. Today the factory is a remarkable museum which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham's renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.


Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

75-80 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6HA

0121 554 3598

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Opening times

Tue – Sat, 10.30am – 5pm
Open Bank Holidays

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Free entry with National Art Pass

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