Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, Redditch, Worcestershire

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Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
Sat 8 April to Sun 14 May 2017

An exhibition by Marvel Artist, Lee Bradley

Lee gives his own unique take on those lovable cartoon characters from the 1980s. Characters such as Spiderwoman, Spiderman and his Amazing Friends, Thundercats, He-Man, Transformers, Galaxy Rangers, Centurions, and Inspector Gadget to name but a few feature in this art exhibition along with videos and computer games that will bring back childhood memories.

He recreates these iconic characters using original artwork and using various cartoon styles. This exhibition celebrates his great affection for these characters and creations from the popular TV and films from these years.

The exhibition also provides a unique opportunity to purchase Lee’s original artwork.

Lee will be in the gallery for meet the artist days on Sat 8 April, Wed 12 April, Mon 17 April, Sat 22 April and Sun 30 April, where he will demonstrate some of artistic techniques used and is available to answer any questions.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

Retro Kids Cartoons Exhibition
Thu 18 May to Sun 25 June 2017

An exhibition by Jane and Peterson Cobbett

This is an exciting exhibition looking at how quilters from the 1840s through to the 1990s have been influenced by print and fabric design and have cleverly and subtlety incorporated it into their quilt designs.

We also see how ideas and approaches to patchwork and quilting have evolved from necessity to fashions items.

There are a series of Heritage workshops to accompany this exhibition.

150 Years of Patchwork Exhibition
Wed 28 June to Sun 16 July 2017

Wonderful and inspiring artwork from local school children. The children showcase their artistic talents using a variety of mediums.

150 Years of Patchwork Exhibition
Sat 22 July to Sun 3 September 2017

This exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the Golden Age of Pirates!

You will see Cilician pirates from the Roman Mediterranean to famed pirates of the Caribbean and meet some fearsome Vikings, Barbary Corsairs and Chinese pirates.

You will discover some fascinating facts about their ships, tactics and usually short lives!

How pirates are represented in history, film and literature is also featured. The exhibition also includes spectacular costumes from Peter Pan and Spartacus (TV series) as well as a range of period objects including weapons, ships models, and treasure!

There are various fun interactives for you to try. Pirates is a family friendly fun experience.

Please note: Entry to this exhibition is included in the normal admission price to the museum. However, for Redditch residents on Wednesdays only (when museum entrance is normally free) there is a separate charge of £2 for adults and £1 for children to visit this exhibition.

Pirates Fact or Fiction Exhibition
Fri 8 September to Sun 22 October 2017

An exhibition by the Westhope Group

The Westhope group is a diverse group of textile artists who primarily work with lace techniques. The members come from across the UK (meeting once a year at Westhope College) to share their knowledge and expertise. Although their work is grounded in centuries old techniques, their aim is to challenge the traditional views of lace.

Members have been working on this challenging theme for over two years and have been inspired by everything from lighthouses to sewing machines, from boat lifts to turbines.

It is an exhibition that definitely will challenge people’s perception of lace and shows what traditional lace techniques can achieve.

There will be lace demonstrations and a chance to meet the artists on Sun 22 October from 1.00 to 3.30pm

More information about the group on their website.

Inspired by Machinery Exhibition
Wed 25 October to Thu 26 November 2017

The Redditch Local History Society was formed only seven years ago, but over that time has collected a wide range of artefacts relating to the history of the town. These include an extensive collection of original photographs of the town, original ledgers, journals, paintings and prints, and service awards. These are all being catalogued in an on- line database for reference purposes.

This exhibition is an opportunity to see some of these items that are an essential part of the rich and diverse history of Redditch.

Historical Artefacts of Redditch Exhibition

In addition to the permanent exhibits at the Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, we also have a wide variety of interesting and exciting exhibitions throughout the year.

The exhibitions are housed on the middle floor of the Mill building.

There is no additional charge to enter the exhibitions, since the cost is included in our normal admission rates.