Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

Forge Mill Needle Museum
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The Forge Mill Needle Museum is an industrial museum of the Redditch needle making and fishing tackle industries, housed in the original mill buildings. It features water-powered working machinery in a unique needle scouring mill.

A regional centre for contemporary textiles, the Museum's annual temporary exhibitions programme includes at least one or two textiles exhibitions as well as local history and during the summer season, family orientated exhibitions.

The Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which is set in an original reconstructed 16th Century barn, shows many of the finds that have been excavated over the years, and consists of a purpose built heritage centre with outer courtyard.

The exhibits show what archaeologists have discovered about the life of the Cistercian monks of Bordesley - from how they worshiped, to the clothes they wore, to the illnesses they suffered.

Bordesley Abbey had one of the earliest metal working mills in the country and you can see the preserved timbers from the mill on display, as well as many of the metal items that would have been made there.

The Visitor Centre includes a gift shop where a selection of souvenir guide books for both the Abbey and the Needle Mill may be purchased. A wide selection of needles are also available from the shop. A room in the Centre is available for hire to small groups. Please enquire for details.

The Museum site features a grassed area with picnic tables for visitors to use and enjoy.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Heritage site

Opening hours

February - March and October - November:
Tuesday - Friday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Weekends 1.00pm - 4.00pm

April - September:
Monday - Friday 11.00am - 4.30pm
Weekends 11.00am - 4.00pm

The waterwheel and original Victorian mill machinery will be working on Tuesday afternoons and weekends, and also for schools and group visits - barring mechanical problems!

Admission charges

Adults: £5.10
Seniors: £3.90
Children: £1.70
Family Ticket: £11.40
Reddicard Concessions
Special group package available on request.

Industrial machinery. Needles, needle packets and ephemera. Archives. Photographs. Fishing tackle. Fishing rods. Catalogues. Archaeology.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Medicine, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Archaeology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

WAY OF THE WARRIOR: EPIC MOVIES AND ARMOUR

  • 23 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

This is a visually stunning exhibition of props and costumes that have been used in epic historical blockbuster movies, with a selection of warrior costumes and armour, and ‘screen used’ props from some of the biggest ‘sword and sandal’ epics of recent years, including Troy, Hercules, Alexander, Centurion, The Eagle, King Arthur, and the hit TV series Spartacus.

Highlights include the Oscar winning costumes from the multi award winning Gladiator (2000) displayed with the interior hangings from General Maximus’ campaign tent. There is the full suit of Sarmatian armour used in the climactic battle scenes of King Arthur (2004) – created by the legendary screen armourer Terry English, who worked on Excalibur and Aliens. Visitors will also be able to see the armour and costume of Spartacus as worn by Liam Mcintyre from the Starz series Spartacus Vengeance (2012).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum admissions apply

Website

http://www.forgemill.org.uk

MADE IN BRITAIN: CONCEALED

  • 9 September — 23 October 2016

This vibrant exhibition comprises work from some of Britain’s most well-known and respected textile artists: Louise Baldwin, Pauline Barns, Hilary Beattie, Ineke Berlyn, Cas Holmes, Rosie James, Edwina MacKinnon, Sandra Meech, Stephanie Redfern, Christine Restall and Jenny Rolfe.

The group between them cover a wide range of textile art interpretation methods and styles. Each member has considered what ‘concealed’ means to them, from physical concealment to hidden histories, hidden kingdoms, cities, civilisations, veiled faces, expressions and views.

Much of life is about what we conceal and what we choose to reveal - very little is as straightforward as it seems.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum admissions apply

Website

http://www.forgemill.org.uk

REDDITCH: ITS FARMING HISTORY

  • 26 October — 27 November 2016

It is hard to believe, when crossing modern Redditch, that until well into the 20th Century it was a small industrial town surrounded by farmland, populated by many small farms.

In this fascinating exhibition, The Redditch Local History Society using maps, photographs and images, illustrate this forgotten landscape and show that the present day Redditch still retains evidence of this earlier history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum admissions apply

Website

http://www.forgemill.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

HERITAGE OPEN DAY

  • 11 September 2016 11am-4pm

A day to celebrate our local heritage.

- Tours of Forge Mill Museum
- Tours of Bordesley Abbey site
- Display of Royal Enfield bikes
- Music from Indigo Arts
- Trial of interactive tablets of Bordesley Abbey.

FREE
Includes entry into the museum

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.forgemill.org.uk

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

  • 3 — 4 December 2016 11am-4pm

Come and join us to celebrate a special Christmas. Victorian entertainment will provide the festive atmosphere whilst you browse amongst a variety of food and craft stalls to choose unique Christmas gifts.

- Over 20 different craft stalls
- Victorian Palace of Curiosities
- Traditional Christmas Carols
- Mulled wine and roasted chestnuts

A truly traditional Christmas event for all ages!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

ADULTS £1.00, CHILDREN FREE

Website

http://www.forgemill.org.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Victorian Working Life: From Workhouse to Needle Mill

Resource pack to support a visit, but can be used independently in the classroom. Contains information for teachers, worksheets, photographs and documents.

Publisher

  • Forge Mill Needle Museum
  • Redditch Borough Council

How to obtain

Charged. Contact the Museum for details - phone: 01527 62509

A Brief History of Needle Making Past and Present

Resource pack for students of the local industry and particularly useful for textiles students on City & Guilds courses.

Creator

  • Gloger, JoAnn
  • Chesters, Patrick

Publisher

  • Forge Mill Museum

How to obtain

£4.50. Contact the Museum - phone: 01527 62509

Archaeology and the Abbey Meadows

Resource pack for teachers, with line drawings, photographs, execellet ideas for activities in class and on-site.

Creator

  • Forge Mill Museum Trust
  • Hereford & Worcester County Museum Service
  • Wass, Stephen
  • Wass, Verna
  • Mead, Barry
  • Newman, Mark
  • Gaffney, Vincent
  • Ashby, Bobbie

Publisher

  • Forge Mill Museum

How to obtain

£2.50. Contact the Museum - phone: 01527 62509

Bordesley Abbey School - Visits Activity Pack (Ks2/3)

Activity pack to accompany a school visit, some suggestions of how it could be used independentley in the classroom. Contains colour photographs, worksheets and information for teachers.

Publisher

  • Forge Mill Needle Museum
  • Redditch Borough Council

How to obtain

Charged. Contact the Museum for details - phone: 01527 62509

Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
Needle Mill Lane
Riverside
Redditch
Worcestershire
B98 8HY
England

Website

http://www.forgemill.org.uk

E-mail

info@forgemill.org.uk

Telephone

01527 62509

Fax

01527 464006

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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