The Hive JQ

Visit The Hive

We'd love you to come and visit our wonderful grade II listed building in Vittoria Street at the heart of the 'Industrial Middle' of Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter; just a few minutes' walk from the metro, and around 15 mins away from the city centre. Information for visitors includes details of opening times, how to find us, where to park and our contact details. Click for details... Read more

The Saturday Sessions

The Saturday Sessions is a monthly day of themed activity, experiences and sociable times at The Hive. It's our exciting monthly showcase of the New Standard Works; a building full of creativity, heritage & enterprise. There is a full programme of sessions for both adults & families to enjoy & be inspired by. The Saturday Sessions run on the second Saturday of each month. Click for details... Read more

The Hive Cafe and Bakery

The Hive has an organic café & bakery that makes 100% of food fresh. Nothing bought in. We make every dish by hand. We get some supplied produce from our very own rooftop garden & micro-farm. We are a social enterprise offering work experience to young people at Argent College. We are open Monday to Friday to serve breakfast, coffee & cakes, & lunch. From 2019, on the second Saturday of each month, we'll also be open for lunch and evening dining as part of The Saturday Sessions. Read on... Read more

Volunteer at The Hive

Do you enjoy meeting new people in a public-facing role? Are you helpful, confident, and approachable - a real people person, with some time to give? Do you enjoy heritage, and talking about it? Would you thrive working in an inclusive & accessible environment? If so, we are currently recruiting for Hosts & Inspirers @The Hive to welcome visitors to our Heritage Room, support group & learning tours, our monthly Saturday Sessions showcase event, & craft activities programme. Click to read more... Read more

Craft campaign 2019

This year's craft campaign aims to bring together 1000 people from across Birmingham to craft tapestry bees for a collaborative tapestry artwork which connects Birmingham's people & places, cultures, stories and heritage. These 1000 individual bees will be stitched together into one single artwork by needlepoint tapestry artist Tina Francis. We are working with schools, community groups & the public are invited to stitch bees at events - will you be one of our 1000 stitchers? Click for details.. Read more

Access Information

Our historic building is easily accessible; there is a lift to the ground floor from the main entrance on the street, and a second lift to all floors of the building, including the rooftop garden. We provide alternative formats of heritage interpretation, including films with British Sign Language, text captions and audio. Access information includes details and images of the facilities and environment. Details when you click! Read more

Explore heritage

Every day is an Explore Heritage day at The Hive! During opening hours The Hive's Heritage Room is open for you to discover the history of the building and some of the hidden histories of the Jewellery Quarter. Our displays and art installations are free for everyone to enjoy. Just pop in and see us! Click to see images about the exhibitions... Read more

Rooftop urban microfarm & biodynamic farming

In 2017 Argent College students & staff established a “microfarm” on the rooftop of the New Standard Works, providing produce for the college kitchen & Hive Café. Students grow seasonal, organic-biodynamic food crops, herbs & flowers as part of their integrated Seed-to-Table/Table-to-Seed Curriculum. In the Café we pride ourselves on using fresh, local produce. Each year the micro-farm produces hundreds of kilos of vegetable & herbs just a few steps away, leaving no carbon footprint. Read on... Read more

Venue hire

We have got some truly lovely spaces which might be perfect for your event. Hiring our spaces will help us generate income to make sure we are a sustainable social enterprise. You can hire our cafe outside the usual weekday opening hours; light & airy by day, creative-industrial cool by night, our Makers Studio for creative workshops or meetings, our Heritage Room for a quirky backdrop to your drinks reception, or even hold an event in our Rooftop garden-microfarm! Click for images... Read more

Craft Experiences

Since 1879 the New Standard Works has a history of making. Products made here in the past include silver bangles, brooches, belt buckles, bottle stops, bracelets and bookmarks, wedding rings, chains, lockets, vesta cases, links and studs, pendants and jewellery of all description. The Jewellery Quarter is still home to contemporary Makers and Artisans and through our programme of craft experiences will be sharing their skills with you. Find out more... Read more

Commitment to the environment

At The Hive we take our environmental responsibilities seriously. We only use 100% compostable, recyclable & biodegradable consumables. You will find plant starch lined paper cups, wooden take out cutlery, paper bags, paper straws, glass bottles & paper board boxes. No plastic! Within the building, all food & green waste is selectively collected & composted. Waste is taken up to the Ridan-In-Vessel Composter on the rooftop micro-farm & then to our customised worm composter in the basement. Read more

Learn With Us

Our grade II listed building is a fantastic resource for learning about the Jewellery Quarter, trade, craft & architecture. We can offer learning experiences for schools, life-long learning groups & families. Our exhibitions, art installations & building tours will help you understand about the history of the building. We also work collaboratively with local artisans to run craft experiences for you to learn skills & techniques & make beautiful things with your hands. Click for more details... Read more

Create Daily

We like to think that every day could be a creative day! Visitors to our Heritage Room are welcome to dip into our boxes of craft materials and spend some time making something; you can either follow examples or use your imagination! A great way to relax in a light, friendly and calm environment, whatever your age. There is no charge, but we welcome small donations towards materials on a 'pay as you feel' basis. Read more... Read more

The Makers Studio

From 2019 we will have a fully-kitted out craft workshop in which we will run craft courses in collaboration with Birmingham artisans and creative facilitators. These courses will be run on an adhoc basis and advertised in our Events page. The Makers Studio is also available to hire to run your own workshops, meetings and creative away days. Click to have a look inside... Read more

Be a JQ Active Citizen

Do you live or work in the Jewellery Quarter? Would you love to volunteer within your neighbourhood or business community, but just haven't got time to commit to regular volunteering? Could you give eight hours a year to support the work of local not-for-profit organisations & projects in the area, and help them achieve more? The Hive are leading a pilot Active Citizens Scheme in collaboration with the JQ museums, heritage projects, and JQ Development Trust. Click to find out how it works! Read more