Beatnik Brooches from Birmingham

The interior of the original schoolroom in the Vittoria Street School as seen in 1891. As part of their triennial celebrations, the Vittoria Street School of Jewellery and Silversmithing put on their own version…

What’s Happening Now

Apartment Block Could Overshadow Cemeteries

JQH has objected to planning permission for a 7-8 storey development on the following points: The change of use from Industrial to residential use on the Mr Tyre site in Pitsford Street…

Multi-million Pound Boost to Jewellery Quarter

Variety Works (YBA Publications) On 22nd October 2015 it was announced that three projects in The Jewellery Quarter will share more than £3.25million in grants from the Heritage…

Warstone Lane & Key Hill Cemeteries Restoration Plans

Plans have been submitted to transform Warstone Lane and Key Hill cemeteries, both in the Jewellery Quarter. The plans include a series of long-awaited improvements to the cemeteries, which have a long…

Lifetstyle then – what it was like

Starting Work at 15 in The Jewellery Quarter in 1954

Getting a job or career was so different back in the 1950’s. Here is one person’s account of getting a job at John Goode & Sons back in 1954, and the circumstances surrounding the appointment. ‘I was 15 years old and just left Secondary Modern school…

Sutton’s Original Shop in Warstone Lane

‘Sutton Tools’ original shop, which supplied tools and materials to the trade, was situated next to the Warstone Lane Cemetery Lodge. The picture dates from 1884 and is well worth studying in detail. Look how much stock is crammed into the windows (upstairs and down) -…

Made In The Jewellery Quarter

HMS Warrior Refit

‘In 1860 when HMS Warrior, the world’s first iron-clad battleship was built, Bocock, George & Harvie of Hockley, produced the brass oil lights…

Joseph B Croxhall – ‘Mirror Ventilator for Hats!’

In the mid-1980s, Joseph B Croxhall of 23 Newhall Hill, were manufacturers of Buttons, Shirt Studs, Gilt and Steel Slides, Hooks and Eyes,…

Historical Buildings

Newman Coffin Works Building

13/15 Fleet Street Newman Brothers before restoration ‘Nos 13-15 Fleet Street…

The School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street

The growth of the jewellery trade in the late 19th century created a demand for…

The Standard Works

43-47 Vittoria Street and 9 Regent Place The Future Glasshouse College is breathing life back…

Important Historical Events

Beatnik Brooches from Birmingham

The interior of the original schoolroom in the Vittoria Street School…

St Paul’s Restoration Fund

Last evening a very successful conversations and tea-party in connection with the St. Paul's Restoration…

Jewellery Quarter Station

Shame this never happened: ED Source: The Hockley Flyer issue 99 1993, (Charles Smith of Connell…

Company History

The Pemberton Family – A Famous Toymaking Family

Photo Courtesy ‘Matthew Boulton & The Toymakers’ ‘There were several well established families of toy makers, whose work was of…

Nathaniel Mills (Silversmith)

Famous for his well-constructed boxes, Nathaniel Mills was born in 1811 and worked for his father, Nathaniel, who had earlier…

Thomas Sutton (Birmingham) Ltd

Thomas Sutton – known in the industry as Sutton Tools – had traded from Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter since 1884 with…