For the fifth year running Lichfield has been chosen to stage one of Europe’s top vintage fountain pen shows. This well established annual event is once again taking place in the city’s historic Guildhall. The show will be a focal point for most of the major dealers and collectors of fountain pens in the UK, it is th
e only event of its kind to take place in the Midlands and provides a unique opportunity for local people to get a free evaluation of their heirloom writing equipment along with advice on the hobby of collecting writing equipment.
The UK’s top nib master will be present to give advice and to tweak visitor’s fountain pen nibs, a top pen restorer will also be on hand to give free advice on the repair, restoration and preservation of old fountain pens, some of which may have been handed down t rough a family for generations.
Birmingham Pen Room will be showing some of their museum artefacts depicting Birmingham’s steel nib industry which was renowned around the world. Steve Hull a respected collector, historian and author on the English fountain pen industry will be in attendance to chat with visitors and to sign copies of his authoritative books on Conway Stewart and the British Fountain Pen industry.
The world’s leading organisation for the collecting of writing equipment, the Writing Equipment Society will also be at the show to give advice to visitors on collecting, preserving, restoring vintage/antique writing equipment.
There will be thousands of pens on show from highly prized collectors pieces costing hundreds or even t
housands of pounds to every day user pens costing from two pounds. As well as vintage fountain pens two leading UK pen manufacturers will be showing their latest models, The Onoto Pen Company, a historical English brand selling medium to high end pens and Midlands company the Worcester Pen Company will be displaying their latest hand crafted models.
Co-organiser of the show and Lichfield resident Ian Williamson commented: “There has been a resurgence of interest in fountain pens being widely reported in the press and the Midland Pen Show gives visitors a unique opportunity to see all that is best in fountain pens, we also want to encourage the interest of cursive handwriting in our schools and to try and persuade young people to get interested in fountain pens and cursive handwriting, with this in mind we are fortunate to have Maple Hayes School at the show, who are local advocates of the ways in which cursive writing can help young people.”
The Midland Pen Show takes place on Sunday 24th. June at the Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield. The show is open 10:00am – 4:00pm admission is 5.00 with youngsters under 16 getting in free when accompanied by an adult.
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