A unique museum from Birmingham, U.K., is at risk of closure.
The Pen Museum on Birmingham’s Frederick Street has been operating for nearly 20 years. It was built on the base of a real pen factory, preserving the history of crafting, manufacturing, and trading pens. Birmingham itself was once the pen-trade capital of the world. The museum now hosts more than 5,000 displays of pens, calligraphy, and everything in between.
But the COVID-19 lockdown has been harsh on The Pen Museum that had to be closed to visitors. Since it doesn’t receive any outside funding and relies on sales and volunteers, the museum might not survive, even when the lockdown in the U.K. is lifted.
A crowdfunding campaign has been urgently launched to help save the Pen Museum, reported the Express&Star on May 4th.
Andy Munro, chairman of the Pen Museum addressed the tough situation: “The visitors we see to the Pen Museum include many families and school children as well as many international tourists.”
“The city’s Pen Museum is unique and is an integral part of Birmingham’s history and attractions. It would be a great loss to Birmingham’s great story of enterprise.”
“The museum has a great future as a source of education and entertainment for so many young people as their world becomes more digital. Our sights are clear on how we can improve the museum into the future as we embrace the new world of communications.”
Mr. Munro added: “Being an independent museum of charitable status we rely extensively on the regular income from visitors to keep the museum open.”
“We have therefore set up a Crowd Funder page and are asking people to donate just £2 to help us save an incredible piece of Birmingham’s history.”
The campaign can be found on crowdfunder.co.uk/support-the-pen-museum.