Friends of Forge Mill Needle Museum Supporting our Local Museum in Redditch

Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

Forge Mill Needle Museum tells the fascinating and sometimes gruesome story of needle making in Victorian times.

 

The Mill is a listed building which houses original water powered machinery.


Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made and how Redditch came to dominate the world needle trade.


In 1983 the Museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth II. Take a step back in time and experience the atmosphere of a Victorian needle-polishing mill. The scouring mill is the only one of its kind remaining in the world!


During the season, on some event days and for pre-booked groups there are guided tours by the museum volunteers.


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Close by the Forge Mill Needle Museum are the ruins of Bordesley Abbey which is only a short walk from the Mill.


This is an important British medieval Cistercian Abbey and it has been extensively excavated and the findings reported.


The Visitor centre tells the extraordinary story of the Abbey from its early development in the 12th Century to its destruction in the 16th Century by Henry VIII, during the dissolution.


The precinct of nearly 100 acres has some very attractive walks and. during the season, on some event days and for pre-booked groups there are guided tours by the museum volunteers.


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