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19 Jul 2018
10:00 am - 1:30 pm

The Birmingham Proof House Museum
Banbury Street

B5 5RH
United Kingdom

The growth of gun making in London led to the Royal Charter of the London Company of Gunmaker’s introduction of “proof” into England.  Similarly, in Birmingham, with a population at this time of only 4,000, there was a flourishing trade of guns.  By 1767 Birmingham had 35 gun and pistol makers, eight gun barrel makers and filers, five gun barrel polishers and finishers, 11 gunlock makers, forgers and finishers, and three gun swivel and stock makers, supplying all of the kingdom. The reputable gunmakers of Birmingham had set themselves a high standard for materials and workmanship and were eager to submit their products to an independent, compulsory proof test as available to the London Trade.

Almost 200 years later the purpose of the Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House remains essentially unchanged and is able to offer many additional services to that of proof.

The tour consists of a talk on the evolution of the Birmingham gun and ammunition trades and on the history and current role of the Proof House. BASC members will then be escorted around the working parts of the premises and around the two museums. One is devoted to ammunition and blown-up weaponry and the second to weapons.

BASC members will be asked to arrive at the Proof House to register between 9:30 and 9:45am ready for the tour to begin at 10am.

We have been advised that the tour will continue until around 13:30pm.

For further details and to book a place call 01283 810 910 or email



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