Jewellery Quarter Festival 2018: Unearthing BCU’s gem!

The wonderful annual JQFestival is fast approaching, celebrating all that is great about Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Well, did you know Birmingham City University, (BCU) has a School of Jewellery right in the heart of this area? It is located on Vittoria Street, No’s 82-86, not too far from the Golden Square. A recent visit to the School’s library, to become more familiar with the service and its stock, enabled me to unearth some gems of information on the rich educational history of the building.

During the late 19th century Birmingham’s jewellery trade grew. Consequently there was a demand for technical education in craft skills. In response, in 1888, the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association and the Municipal School of Art began delivery of classes at the Ellen Street School to the west of the Quarter. It proved so popular that in 1890 oversubscription meant a move to the current Vittoria Street premises. Built in c 1865, on the former rear garden of No. 30 Frederick Street, the Venetian Gothic building had been acquired by William Randle for his goldsmith’s manufactory. Over time the building has been extended to meet need, most notably in 1911/12 and 1992/3.

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New! Changes at the School of Jewellery Library

Hurrah!

We’ve finally got self-service at the School of Jewellery Library, and it’s ready for you to use!

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This means you can take out books without going to the Help Desk, just by scanning your ID card and entering your PIN. It’s also easy to return, renew, and check your account! If you’d like us to show you how to use the new machine, just ask at the Help Desk.

In addition, it also means that you can use the library over the lunch period when the Help Desk is closed. Starting from now, we’ll be keeping the library open all day (9.00-5.45 Mon-Thurs; 9.00-4.45 Fri) without the previous lunchtime closure.

We’d love to hear your feedback. You can complete a comment form online or in person at the Help Desk, tweet us, or send us a message on Facebook!

^Laura