The volunteer-run Birmingham Pen Museum has won a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of almost £20,000 to help train its staff and revamp the museum shop.

At a time of financial uncertainty for cultural venues and attractions, the Jewellery Quarter museum has received the HLF grant to help it plan for a sustainable future.

A £19,500 'Transition Fund' grant has been awarded with the aim of helping the museum develop a 'best practice' volunteer training programme.

The grant will also enable the venue, which attracts an average of 10,000 visitors per year, to develop a new business plan which will include the introduction of a revamped museum shop developed in partnership with the private sector.

The Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association is a volunteer-run charity which opened the museum in 2001 to preserve the history and legacy of the steel pen trade in Birmingham and is located in the Argent Centre, in Frederick Street, itself once a major pen factory.