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Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
IN THE NEWS

August 2016: Join the field for Scarecrow Day


Petrina Muscroft with Henry Cat.

This year’s popular annual Scarecrow Day takes place at Forge Mill Needle Museum later this month.

The event, on Sunday, August 28, between 11am and 4.30pm, will feature a whole host of scarecrow characters.

There will be a competition on the day which will be judged by the mayor of Redditch, Councillor Joe Baker. The winner will receive Kingfisher Shopping Centre vouchers worth £75, second prize will be £50 in vouchers and third prize will be £25 worth of vouchers.

In the lead up to the big day, there will be two scarecrow-making days at Forge Mill on Wednesday and Thursday, August 24 and 25, from 11am to 3pm.

People wishing to participate should bring some old clothes to make their scarecrow. The cost is £3 for materials and no booking is required.

On Scarecrow Day itself, as well as the competition, there will be lots of activities on offer, including face painting, craft stalls, pony rides, and even scarecrow dancers. There will also be the chance to get up close to some slithery snakes and other animals from local mobile zoo Animal Mania.

Councillor Pat Witherspoon, portfolio holder for leisure and cultural services, said: “Scarecrow Day is a popular fixture in our summer events calendar. There will be plenty of fun throughout the day to keep the whole family entertained. Having judged the competition in the past, I know the standard and creativity is very high, so don't forget to come along to the scarecrow making days to be in with a chance of winning," she added.

On the day, adult tickets will be £2 and child tickets £1. There will also be a minibus (Dial a ride) picking up and returning people to the Abbey Stadium car park for free.

Redditch Advertiser, 24 August 2016

July 2016: Dressed to impress


Ready for combat: Keeper of Collections Jo-Ann Gloger with some of the items in the Way of the Warrior exhibition at Forge Mill Museum. Photo by Marcus Mingins.

Buckle on your broadsword for a visit to Redditch's Forge Mill Museum where a stunning exhibition, Way of the Warrior: Epic Movies and Armour, has just opened.

It's a visually stunning display featuring props and costumes used in epic historical blockbuster movies.

It includes a selection of warrior costumes and armour 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), there's also the full suit of Sarmatian armour used in the climactic battle scenes of King Arthur (2004) plus armour and costumes from Spartacus as worn by Liam Mcintyre from the Starz series Spartacus Vengeance (2012).

This exhibition also offers a range of inter-active replica handling armour and movie props so visitors can experience what it would have been like to wear the kit and handle weapons from the ancient world.

The exhibition runs until September 4 and the Bordesley museum is open from 11am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Redditch Standard, 29 July 2016

May 2016: Step back in time at Forge Mill Museum


Vintage shuttle bus from Wythall Transport Museum.

Step back in time at Forge Mill next Sunday when the Forties are brought lovingly back to life.

On May 22, visitors to the museum will be able to enjoy a vintage 1940s themed event.

There will be 1940s vehicles, Austin Ten cars, Model planes and flying demonstrations, costumed characters, displays and a 40s soundtrack provided by Indigo Arts and ‘The Violets’.

Due to the popularity of previous events, the museum is working in partnership with Wythall Transport Museum to provide a vintage, Crosville KFM 775 shuttle bus from Abbey Stadium car park so more visitors can enjoy the day.

Debbie Lakeman, education officer at Forge Mill said: "Our Remembering the Forties event gets bigger each year and we are thrilled to be working with Wythall Transport Museum to provide our visitors with the chance to take a ride on a vintage bus. We’re all set for a fantastic event so pop down with your family and enjoy a trip back in time with all the family!"

The event will run from 11am until 4pm and costs £3 for adults and £1 for children. For more information go to www.forgemill.org.uk or call 01527 62509. More information on Wythall Transport Museum is available at www.wythall.org.uk

Redditch Standard, 13 May 2016

April 2016: More TV visitors drop in


Catherine Southon from the Antiques Road Trip.

Redditch's unique Forge Mill Museum is becoming a popular haunt for the BBC.

Following in the footsteps of Flog It and Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo the latest visitors have been from Antiques Road Trip when top auctioneer and valuer Catherine Southon from the hit TV show dropped in to get chapter and verse on the needle industry.

"She was really charming and absolutely amazed that there were so many processes involved in making a needle - when you see the finished product you just don’t realise what has gone into it," said museum manager Jo-Ann Gloger.

The museum is open from 11am to 4pm Tuesday to Fridays and from 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, closed Mondays.

Redditch Standard, 1 April 2016

March 2016: Proving small is beautiful


Up close: Carolyn Postgate from the Miniature Needlework Society with a piece from the exhibition. Photo by Marcus Mingins.

Explore the tiny world of miniature needlework at the stunning Sew Small exhibition at Forge Mill Museum in Redditch.

Showcasing exquisite skills from the Miniature Needlework Society International the exhibition features everyday items worked small enough for the tiniest of doll’s houses.

The items show outstanding craftsmanship and fine detailed work and feature a variety of needlework techniques from lace making and tatting, to crochet work and embroidery.

Also on display is a beautifully furnished doll’s house complete with its own stunningly-stitched garden.

Visitors on Tuesday (March 22) will also be in for a special treat as members will be giving demonstration of the technique in the gallery with more planned for Monday March 28, Tuesday, March 29 and Friday, April 1.

The exhibition runs until April 24.

Redditch Standard, 18 March 2016

February 2016: Museum hosts exhibition of rare pictures


Forge Millís Joanne Gloger.

Forge Mill is hosting an exhibition from Redditch library which showcases some of its rarely seen paintings and photographs from a 60 year archive.

The exhibition is a mixture of old and forgotten scenes painted by local artists and spans from the early 1860s to the 1980s.

People can see some of the iconic buildings that have long since disappeared but have become part of Redditch folklore as well as paintings that were produced for competitions, again showing local views.

The exhibition, running until March 6, is an insight into how Redditch once looked and was recorded by the people who lived here.

Redditch Advertiser, 17 February 2016

January 2016: Antiques programme makes a visit to Forge Mill


Paul Martin and Flog It! at Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch.

There was excitement in Redditch recently when the BBC programme Flog It! came to film at one of our historic assets – Forge Mill Needle Museum.

Presenter Paul Martin and his experts invited members of the public to bring their antiques to be viewed and valued, with an option to sell at auction.

As part of the programme, Paul also visits places of historic interest in the area where they are filming the valuation.

The museum is a fascinating place to visit illustrating the rich heritage of the needle and fishing tackle industries.

Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made, and how Redditch once produced an astonishing 90 per cent of the world’s needles.

Jo-Ann Gloger, spokeswoman for the needle museum, said: "We were really pleased that Flog it! came to the museum to film and look at some of our collections and learn how a needle was made in Victorian times."

A date for the airing of the Flog It! episode is yet to be confirmed.

Redditch Advertiser, 20 January 2016

 

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