The Hive at New Standard Works is located on the ground floor of a Grade II listed former jewellery manufactory, built in 1879.
Explore the building’s industrial heritage and contemporary uses through creative exhibitions and installations throughout the ground floor which includes a Heritage Room, Gallery and Makers Studio. Free entry to exhibitions and ‘hands-on’ craft activities available every day we are open.
We also run a programme of craft courses for adults and families, please look at our events pages or social media @thehiveJQ to see What's On.
Also, on the ground floor is the Hive Café & Bakery; serving delicious organic and freshly made breakfast (8-10am), Lunch (12-2pm) and open for cakes and drinks all day. The food includes ingredients from the rooftop garden handpicked the same morning!
At The Hive we are proud to offer an inclusive and friendly welcome to all our visitors.
We share the building with Argent College, a Ruskin Mill Trust specialist educational college for young people aged 16 – 25 with learning differences, which operates from the upper floors; including the roof where you’ll find the UK’s only bio-dynamically farmed rooftop garden. The tradition of craft and making in the building since 1879 continues today; the students are mastering the arts of jewellery, silversmithing, leatherwork, felting, catering, horticulture and candle making.
Until it was bought in 2013 by the sister educational charity Ruskin Mill Land Trust, the derelict Standard Works had been left empty and unused for over 28 years.
The New Standard Works has just emerged from its third phase of redevelopment with thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Garfield Weston Foundation.
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' walk 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...
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!
Our Gallery new can be found on the ground floor of The Hive, behind the cafe. Exhibitions are both curated by ourselves and visiting artists and exhibitors. Free entry.
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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...
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. From September 2019 we are offering schools a Jewellery Quarter Experience Day for KS 2 & 3 students, working with the Coffin Works and JQ Townscape Heritage Project. Click for details...