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Crowded with Pen Problems, Really There is a Museum of Pens

Afif Farhan

detikTravel
(Facebook/Pen Museum)

Birmingham – There’s still a lot of debate in the second round of the presidential election, to the point that the pen question is mentioned. Speaking of pens, it turns out that there is really a Pen Museum, you know!

The name is a museum, it certainly stores any historical object. Including Birmingham City in England which has a Pen Museum aka the Museum of Pens.

Reported by detikTravel from the official Pen Museum website, Monday (2/18/2019) The Museum of Pens is one of the attractions in the City of Birmingham. It is located in Unit 3, The Argent Center, 60 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HS.

Investigating, it turns out that the City of Birmingham has an important history of pens. In the 19th century, Birmingham was the center of the world’s largest pen producer. Sold to various countries by seafarers as one of the commodities of trade.

Fountain pen collection in the museum (Facebook / Pen Museum)Fountain pen collection in the museum (Facebook / Pen Museum)

There are 5,000 pens stored in the Pen Museum. The shapes are various, plus it looks so full of art. No doubt, in the old days pens were luxury items!

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Pena Presidential Debates from the 1800s stored neatly in the museum. Not just seeing and reading information, visitors can try directly the pen making process.

Pen sighting in the 19th century (Facebook / Pen Museum)Pen sighting in the 19th century (Facebook / Pen Museum)

The manufacturing process is still traditional. Fun, can try to directly make a quill and learn to use it.

The Pen Museum was initiated by the Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association. A non-profit foundation that aims to inherit Birmingham’s history, especially about the pen. For them, there is a great historical value that cannot be lost.

Pen making is not easy in the past (Facebook / Pen Museum)Pen making is not easy in the past (Facebook / Pen Museum)
Portrait of workers at a pen factory in Birmingham in the past (Facebook / Pen Museum)Portrait of workers at a pen factory in Birmingham in the past (Facebook / Pen Museum)

Since opening in 2001, the Pulpen Museum has become one of the destinations that must be visited by travelers while traveling to Birmingham. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 16:00 in the afternoon.

The entry ticket is GBP 5 or around Rp. 90 thousand for adults. As for students, namely GBP 4 or around Rp. 70 thousand. For visitors under the age of 16, it’s free.

Welcome to the Fountain Museum! (aff / fay)

INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

Ramai Soal Pulpen, Sungguhan Ada Nih Museum Pulpen

Afif Farhan

detikTravel
(Facebook/Pen Museum)

Birmingham – Masih ramai debat Pilpres putaran kedua, sampai-sampai soal pulpen disinggung. Bicara soal pulpen, ternyata sungguhan ada Museum Pulpen lho!

Namanya museum, pasti menyimpan suatu benda bersejarah apapun itu. Termasuk Kota Birmingham di Inggris yang memiliki Pen Museum alias Museum Pulpen.

Dilansir detikTravel dari website resmi Pen Museum, Senin (18/2/2019) Museum Pulpen merupakan salah satu objek wisata di Kota Birmingham. Lokasinya di Unit 3, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HS.

Usut punya usut, ternyata Kota Birmingham memiliki sejarah penting mengenai pulpen. Di abad ke-19, Birmingham merupakan pusatnya penghasil pulpen terbesar di dunia. Dijual ke berbagai negara oleh para pelaut sebagai salah satu komoditi perdagangan.

Koleksi pulpen di dalam museumnya (Facebook/Pen Museum)Koleksi pulpen di dalam museumnya (Facebook/Pen Museum)

Terdapat 5.000 pulpen yang tersimpan di Pen Museum ini. Bentuknya bermacam-macam, plus terlihat begitu penuh seni. Tak ayal, di zaman dulu pulpen adalah barang mewah!

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Pena dari tahun 1800-an tersimpan rapi di museumnya. Tidak sekadar melihat dan membaca informasi, para pengunjung dapat mencoba langsung proses pembuatan pulpen.

Penampakan pulpen di abad ke-19 (Facebook/Pen Museum)Penampakan pulpen di abad ke-19 (Facebook/Pen Museum)

Proses pembuatannya pun masih ada yang tradisional. Asyiknya, bisa coba langsung membuat pena bulu dan belajar memakainya.

Pen Museum digagas oleh Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association. Suatu yayasan non profit yang bertujuan mewariskan sejarah Birmingham khususnya soal pulpen. Bagi mereka, ada nilai sejarah besar yang tidak boleh hilang begitu saja.

Pembuatan pulpen tidaklah mudah di zaman dulu (Facebook/Pen Museum)Pembuatan pulpen tidaklah mudah di zaman dulu (Facebook/Pen Museum)
Potret para pekerja di pabrik pulpen di Birmingham di zaman dulu (Facebook/Pen Museum)Potret para pekerja di pabrik pulpen di Birmingham di zaman dulu (Facebook/Pen Museum)

Sejak dibuka tahun 2001, Museum Pulpen menjadi salah satu destinasi yang wajib dikunjungi traveler saat melancong ke Birmingham. Museumnya buka pada hari Selasa sampai Sabtu, dari pukul 11.00 sampai 16.00 sore.

Tiket masuknya sebesar GBP 5 atau sekitar Rp 90 ribuan bagi orang dewasa. Sedangkan untuk pelajar, yakni GBP 4 atau sekitar Rp 70 ribuan. Bagi pengunjung di bawah usia 16 tahun, gratis.

Selamat datang di Museum Pulpen! (aff/fay)