Event - Year 5 Visit the Jewellery Quarter

5 October 2016

On Tuesday 5th October, Year 5 visited the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

We have recently been learning about the Jewellery Quarter and industry in Birmingham during our Topic lessons. We boarded the coach at 9:30am and arrived promptly at 10am, ready to start our day. We split into two groups, and took it in turns to participate in activities, with the help of our guide, Lawrence.

We took a guided tour of a real Jewellery factory, Smith and Pepper, which closed its doors for the last time in 1981, and no one has touched anything since! We found all the machines, records and personal items fascinating!

Next, we became investigators, roaming the galleries of the museum, we learnt about hallmarks, classifications of gold, the lives of people who worked in the factory and other precious metals used to make jewellery.

Later, we became gold miners! We learnt where gold comes from, and even got a chance to pan for gold nuggets! After that, we made our own necklaces, so we got to take home our own piece of the Jewellery Quarter!

Once we had finished at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, we then walked through town to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. After we had enjoyed our lunch together, we explored the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition. We learnt that around 5kg of gold was found, dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period. We found out about the exquisite craftsmanship used to create the items in the hoard and learnt how the designs of the objects can be linked to many regions across Europe.

We had a brilliant, informative and fun day.

Looking at the old order books, left as they were in 1981.
Watching our tour guide demonstrate how jewellery is made.

Exploring the old workstations of the factory.
Panning for gold!

Making our own necklaces.
Proud of the necklaces we have made.

Exploring the golden artefacts in the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition.
We found the treasures fascinating!