Did you know you can book yourself on a tour of the Birmingham Proof House? The Proof house was designed by John Horton and built by a group of Birmingham Gunmakers in 1813, one of only two gun proof houses in the UK. It is restricted to a group size of c10 and the cost is £150 per group (with biscuits included). Contact the proof house direct if you’d like to book on a tour. Click here
The new website is coming along nicely. We’ll be adding a list and photos of all the residents (Gunmakers/smiths & the pubs of course). We’ll also include the Proof house etc.
The other items that are moving along;
In discussion with South Birmingham College to create a recognised Gunsmithing course. We know that the traditional manner of serving an apprentice has been the way for years, we don’t want to deviate too much from this. However a recognised qualification under written by an accredited body such as ‘City & Guilds’, ‘BTEC’ etc will allow an educational provider to obtain grants per student per academic year from the Government.
The grants can then be diverted to semi retiring gunsmiths to teach the next generation. The students get the best of both worlds and we can select the tutors who deliver the best training. The students will also spend time doing general ‘Engineering’ and learning CNC techniques from different industries, this will bring new ideas from outside of the trade.
Once we know more, we’ll be approaching various Gun related organisations for support – yes this means dipping into cash reserves and helping out the next generation!
Exciting stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Gun trade rental incentives
With a handful of units available in the Quarter, the focus is now on bringing gun trade businesses back into the area. With units from as little as £850 per year and 12 months free rent (available to gun trade only). The area and wider Birmingham is crying out for a good Air Gun retailer.
Well that’s it for now, if you have any questions please get in touch through the website, facebook or twitter.