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

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Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
IN THE NEWS - 2007

September 2007: Come and Sample Victorian Life

Lyn Baker from the Redditch Amateur Theatre Society playing the Victorian needle worker Martha. Picture by Sheridan Brown.

Visitors to Forge Mill Museum can experience life over a hundred years ago as the Victorians descend on the attraction's National Heritage Day celebrations.

A Victorian history of the needle trade, which will be presented by the Redditch Amateur Theatre Society, will be one of the highlights as the museum marks the day on Sunday 9 September.

The actors will be giving an insight into working conditions endured during the period. Also included in the afternoon will be a performance by the Indigo Arts Theatre group who will be presenting extracts from 'Eye of a Needle' which was a sell-out show at the Palace Theatre earlier this year.

Visitors can also have a go at making their own scorers hat and needle themed magnet at the free event, which runs from 2pm until 5pm.

National Heritage Day is the country's biggest heritage celebration and attracted millions of visitors last year to the 3,500 places of historical importance which took part.

Gary Morgan, 7 September 2007

August 2007: Solving Medieval Mystery at Abbey

Melissa and Adam look for a footprint in the soil.

Children travelled back in time to solve a murder mystery at Bordesley Abbey after a workshop in crime cracking and clue solving techniques.

The workshop let the youngsters examine clues from a crime scene so they could hone their detective skills. They took and examined fingerprints, and used plaster to make casts of footprints. They also learned how to analyse handwriting. This left them fully equipped to handle the drama of a medieval whodunit, and the children took on new identities to investigate who killed Abbot John.

Working without modern technology, they put their skills to the test, solving clues with the help of Brother Julius from the Abbey.

Julie Ashfield, who plays Brother Julius, said: "It will be fun for the children to take a look at medieval crime by bringing to life Bordesley Abbey and some of the characters who may have lived there."

The workshop was the first of eight sessions running over the last two weeks of the summer holidays for eight to 12-year-olds.

Redditch Advertiser, 22 August 2007

July 2007: Digging into History

Debbie Lakeman will be digging for bones at Bordesley Abbey.

A 'medieval' monk will be helping Bordesley Abbey celebrate National Archaeology Day this weekend.

Brother Oswald, a historical interpreter from Nottingham, will be at the Abbey on Sunday (July 22) between 11am and 4pm, when children will get the chance to dress as novice monks and hear all about the site of Bordesley Abbey.

Visitors will also be able to try their hand at longbow archery under expert instruction from the Bowmen of England.

Archaeology activities will also be on offer, such as excavating and sorting and recording in the archaeology hut, while special backpacks will be available to genuine enthusiasts wishing to explore the site.

Children can also get creative with medieval-themed crafts or snack on medieval food.

Debbie Lakeman, education officer at Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, said: "We are looking forward to Archaeology Day and in particular the visit from Brother Oswald.

"He is going to interpret the site of Bordesley Abbey in his own unique way and we would like everyone to take the opportunity to come and meet him."

Redditch Standard, 20 July 2007

July 2007: A Monk's Life

Debbie Lakeman dressed as a monk.

A medieval monk will help Bordesley Abbey celebrate National Archaeology Day on Sunday.

Cistercian monk Brother Oswald will talk about the site of Bordesley Abbey, the Cistercian order and the life of a monk.

Children will have the chance to dress as novice monks, try their hand at longbow archery and get creative with medieval-themed arts and crafts.

Education officer Debbie Lakeman said: "Brother Oswald is going to interpret the site in his own unique way and we would like everyone to take the opportunity to come and meet him."

Archaeology activities will also be on offer, such as excavating, sorting and recording as well as a guided tour of the Abbey and its archaeology.

The event, which is free to enter, takes place from 11am-4pm.

Redditch Advertiser, 18 July 2007


Forge Mill and Bordesley Abbey are frequently featured in newspaper and magazine articles, both locally and nationally.

With the permission of the publishers, we hope to include interesting articles and photographs on this page, which will grow as time goes by.