Ask anyone in the city what Birmingham is famous for and jewellery-making will be at the top of the list. With a world-wide reputation for the highest quality precious metals and gemstones, the region has for centuries been the go-to place for those looking for the very best treasures.

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter captures the vital role the industry has played as it shines a spotlight on a perfectly preserved workshop and offers a glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s renowned Jewellery Quarter.

When the proprietors of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm retired in 1981 they simply ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations. Today, it stands as a remarkable museum, telling the story of the region’s unique heritage.

Industrial workshop with glass roof containing metal turning machinery and metal presses

City’s rich treasures

A tour through the workshop uncovers a vast array of original tools, stamps and machinery that remain intact. There are also two self-led galleries: The Story of the Jewellery Quarter, tracing the history and development of the area; and Earth’s Riches, showcasing jewellery made from natural materials from across the world.


The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is currently closed.