Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter has appointed its second jeweller in residence.

Local jewellery designer Vanessa Miller will regularly work from the museum’s workshop for the next 12 months.

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter created the position to promote local designers.


While there, Miller will work on a project in partnership with the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery.

She is the second to be awarded the jeweller in residence position, following the launch of the scheme in 2018.

Fiona Harris won the first place in October last year.

Miller graduated from the institution in 2016 and will also receive a prize of £1000 towards her work.

The jewellery she produces while in residence will be sold exclusively by the museum, in their shop and online.

Miller earned the enviable position by winning a competition by the museum, asking entrants to design a collection inspired by the snake range of the Smith & Pepper factory. The museum is built on the site of the old factory.

Miller commented: “I am excited to be selected as Jeweller in Residence at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter with my interpretation of the competition brief. I feel privileged to be presented with this wonderful opportunity to work in such a historic and important building.”

Meanwhile, Alex Nicholson-Evans, commercial director from Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “The first year of the project was such a success and we are thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the museum to showcase her skills to visitors over the year ahead. Her designs will also be available in our new-look shop.”