The Pen Museum will join museums and galleries from across the UK and Europe on Twitter later this month for the first ever #MuseumWeek, a project that will connect people to artwork, culture, history and science in new and interactive ways. #MuseumWeek will take place from Monday 24th March – Sunday 30th March and will give Twitter users direct and unparalleled access to some of Europe’s leading museums and the people behind them in 140-characters bursts.
The Pen Museum will join other UK organisations already signed up include the Science Museum (@sciencemuseum), the Natural History Museum (@NHM_London), the Victoria and Albert Museum (@V_and_A), the British Museum (@britishmuseum), Eureka! The National Children’s Museum (@eurekamuseum) and the Tate (@Tate).
The Pen Museum will join others across the UK and Europe by including the hashtag #MuseumWeek in their Tweets for the week, meaning users can follow along on Twitter. In addition, every day there will be a different theme including #MuseumSelfies, #AskTheCurator, and #MuseumMemories.
To: Members of the Executive of the Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association and Friends
Closure of Pen Museum on Wednesday 26 February 2014
Please note that it has been decided to close the Pen Museum for the day on Wednesday 26 February 2014, the day of Brian Jones’ funeral, as a mark of respect to Brian and to enable as many volunteers as possible to attend the Service of Thanksgiving at 12.30pm at Chester Road Baptist Church, Sutton Coldfield.
Donations: The Pen Museum & British Heart Foundation
Thank you all for your support at this difficult time.
Brian Jones MBE
Brian Jones MBE 1936-2014
Sad news concerning one of our founders, a notable figure in charity & heritage sectors. Brian Jones MBE (1936 – 2014) passed away suddenly yesterday. RIP. Our thoughts are with Edna and their family at this time and we will let you have more information when we can.
How Birmingham led the world!
Article from the Birmingham Post 19th January 2014.
The People’s Friend – The Best of Birmingham (PDF File)
Back in 1869, when the recently widowed Victoria was on the throne and Gladstone was Prime Minister, when Alexander Graham Bell was yet to make the first telephone call and Darwin’s “Origin Of Species” had been published just ten years earlier, a brand-new magazine – “The People’s Friend” – hit the shelves for the very first time.
Right from the start, the “Friend’s” mission statement was clear: “We intend that fully one half of the ‘Friend’ shall be devoted to fiction… the ‘Friend’ being intended for fireside reading, nothing will be admitted into its columns having the slightest tendency to corrupt the morals either of old or young.”
As the years passed, the “Friend” grew and thrived. Through massive social upheaval, wars, strikes, financial crashes and natural disasters, the magazine continued, dispensing entertainment, instruction, comfort and good cheer to its readers. It became a constant in readers’ lives; a true friend to turn to in times of trouble.
The Peoples Friend
Fountain Pens Young and Old
Why is it that fountain pens have retained their popularity for decades? An opinion from Brian Jones MBE