I’ve always had a fascination with how things are made, whether that be by hand or machine. As I child, I remember watching milk bottles being filled in a factory; it was quite mesmerising! Recently, a group of us went to Birmingham, which is Britain’s second largest city. For many centuries, the main industry was metalworking; the products were small items such as buttons, badges and pen nibs.
After lunch at Brewsmiths, we walked across the city centre to Digbeth and saw this stunning mosaic.
The Custard Factory is now a vibrant area filled with artists studios, small creative businesses, a theatre, a dance studio, a cafe and shops. On the day that we visited there was a vintage sale in the theatre; we particularly admired the silk scarves from The Vintage Scarf Room and the ceramics such as Woolworth’s Homemaker tableware. We also enjoyed browsing in vintage clothing shops such as Gingermeg’s Vintage and Urban Village who specialise in 1960s and 1970s clothing, as well a looking a homeware shops, The Vintage Beauty Salon, where a hen party were enjoying a make-over, and The Birmingham Bead Shop.