|One of the things that Birmingham is most famous for is for producing Jewellery.|
The area where most of the jewellery factories and shops are located is now known as the Jewellery Quarter and it is well worth a visit, even if you don't intend to make a purchase.
|Skilled craftsmen have been making jewellery in Birmingham since at least 1460, and for the past 250 years the city has been world renowned for its gold and silver ware.|
The area where the jewellers and their workshops are concentrated is situated to the north of the city centre and is known as the Jewellery Quarter.
Today there are still some 200 jewellers and silversmiths operating in the Quarter and it is still the focus of the UK's jewellery industry - so this is definitely the place to go for a new necklace!
Also situated in the Jewellery Quarter is the excellent Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which tells of the history of the district.
|Museum of the Jewellery Quarter|
|Previously called the Jewellery Quarter Discovery Centre, this excellent museum recounts the history of Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter, along with demonstrations and explanations on the craft of jewellery making.|
The museum is housed in the old Smith and Pepper jewellery factory on Vyse Street. The factory was in business for over 80 years, and then when it shut down in 1981 it was left exactly as it was on the last day of production.
Then the factory was opened to the public as a record of the life and work of this vibrant part of Birmingham.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is open daily except Sundays, from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays and from 11am to 5pm Saturdays. Admission costs £2.
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