TREASURES OF BIRMINGHAM

TREASURES OF BIRMINGHAM

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

TREASURES OF BIRMINGHAM – TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY

 

We start our visit at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter where, after coffee and biscuits, we will have a guided tour of the Smith and Pepper jewellery factory.  When the proprietors decided to retire in 1981 they ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations.  In the eighty years before its closure little changed with the working practices or equipment used within the family-owned business. Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.  

We will then go to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which now houses the Staffordshire Hoard in a brand new gallery.  The hoard was found in a field near Lichfield in 2009, and is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found.  The Museum is also one of the most important centres for art and history in the UK with collections spanning seven centuries, including one of the world’s finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art.   Refreshments can be obtained in the newly renovated Edwardian Tea Rooms.  

The cost of the trip is £21.00 (LALG) or £23.00 (non-members).  The coach will leave Baldock (opp Community Centre) at 8.00 am and Letchworth (opp Barclays Bank) 8.15 am.  To book, please phone Susan Mellor – 01462 456486 – on Monday 19 January, from 9.30 am.  (Please note that voicemail messages will not be responded to until after 12.00 pm)

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