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“Fasinating insite into a bygone era” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
75 - 80 Vyse St | Hockley, Birmingham B18 6HA, England (Ladywood)
44-121-554-3598
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Ranked #13 of 306 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Nightlife, Dining
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Owner description: Discover the skill of the jeweller's craft and enjoy a unique tour of an original jewellery factory, which traces the 200-year history of the ancient crafting skills that made Birmingham the centre of the British jewellery industry.
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“Fasinating insite into a bygone era”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

If you like social history or just history you will love it.
If you have been a follower of industrial development in Victorian times through to the present please go !!!!! you will not be dissapointed

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“A fascinating view into a slice of recent history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The museum is the " Marie Celeste" of museums. The factory owners decided in 1981 to lock the doors and walk away everything you see was how it was left those 32 years ago. The animated tour guide told a lively and entertaining story of how life was in those days and we all really enjoyed the experience. All in all a great way to spend an hour or so reliving recent history.

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“Worth a visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The exhibition is interesting, but the real highlight is the tour of the time warp offices and workshop of what was once a thriving jewellery company. It was fascinating to see this part of history preserved, and was made all the more enjoyable by the enthusiastic guide. If in Birmingham then give it a go. After all there's not much else to see in this dreadful city. A virtual desert of places of interest!

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“Gold star for this museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The visit began on a low note- a rather dull display of information boards and exhibits…and I wondered whether it was worth visiting at all. But then… your knowledgeable (and in our case humorous) guide opened up a magic world- the real workshops and offices of a goldsmiths that was run by one family for decades until late in the last century. The tour was captivating. You could see the minute details of the working lives of those people. Where they worked the gold, produced the invoices, or drained the waste water for any gold dust that may have been washed away. We heard about the hierarchy in the firm: one staircase was for management only and the staff from the work floor just did not go up to the office. Work must have been so dangerous, so hard and so poorly paid compared to the way we live now. The story told of the skill and devotion of the workers and the corresponding loyalty of the employers to their workers. The whole place is as the family left it when they closed down the business- although curiously it is fronted by a brand new entrance, with a modern shop and a café that does a pretty good cup of tea. Most welcome before venturing out into the February snow.

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“Good museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Jewellery quarter is well worth a few hours wandering around. It's a very nice and interesting part of town with lots of great architecture. This museum is well worth £5 with a fascinating guided tour based on a family run jewellry factory.

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