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Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
IN THE NEWS - 2013

November 2013: Spotlight on needlework


Betty Bushell and Lynda Wolstencroft with some of the impressive artwork on display.

People are invited to an exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum. The exhibition, Diversity in Stitch, is by the Forge Mill Embroiderers, a small group of women who meet regularly and are passionate about sustaining the historical tradition of needlework that is associated with Redditch.

Running from now until November 24 it shows both traditional and modern interpretations of textile art and embroidery.

For more information, visit forgemill.org.uk.

Redditch Advertiser, 6 November 2013

September 2013: Scarecrow festival is top straw


Top prize winners the Jervis Family with 'Buzz and Woody'.

Toy Story themed straw creations scooped top prize at this year's Redditch scarecrow festival at Forge Mill Needle Museum.

The Jervis family topped 91 entries with Buzz and Woody in the annual contest which was judged by the mayor of Redditch, Councillor Wanda King, on Sunday, August 25. They took home £100 of Kingfisher Shopping Centre vouchers.

Scarecrow Lea by seven year old Lea Van Gelder and family came in second and Bob the Blacksmith by Chris Smith third, winning £75 and £50 in Kingfisher vouchers.

Coun King said: "I found it very difficult to judge all the wonderful scarecrows this year. Thanks to everyone that attended and especially those that entered the competition."

Staff from Redditch Council, who hosted the event, estimate that more than 1,000 people attended this year's scarecrow making, which included lots of family friendly activities such as pony rides, scarecrow dancing from Cast Off Dancers, music by Captain Swing and local mobile zoo Animal Mania.

For more information on events and things to see and do at Forge Mill Needle Museum, including Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, see forgemill.org.uk or call 01527 62509.

Redditch Advertiser, 4 September 2013

August 2013: Scarecrow magic at Forge Mill


Petrina Muscroft from Forge Mill Needle Museum with some colourful characters ready for Scarecrow Day, on Sunday 25 August.

Families are invited to enjoy some real scarecrow fun at Forge Mill Needle Museum.

On Wednesday and Thursday, August 21 and 23, there are scarecrow making activities at the museum from 11am to 3pm. People should take along some old clothes for their creations and the cost is £3 for materials. No booking is required.

People can make a scarecrow to enter into a contest to be judged by the mayor of Redditch on Scarecrow Day, on Sunday, August 25 from 11am until 4pm.

People will be able to meet scarecrow characters, as well as making their own to be judged.

There will also be children's activities.

Entry to Scarecrow Day is free and there is also reduced entry into the museum, including the dinosaur display.

Redditch Advertiser, 14 August 2013

August 2013: Scarecrows not run of the mill


Petrina Muscroft, Forge Mill Needle Museum supervisor, meets one of the scarecrows in this year's Scarecrow Day competition. Picture by Marcus Mingins.

Scarecrow Day is returning to the borough's Forge Mill Needle Museum.

Running from 11am until 5pm on Sunday (August 25), the event will see a host of characters made by residents judged by Redditch mayor Wanda King.

The winner will receive a £75 Kingfisher Shopping Centre voucher, with £50 and £25 for those coming second and third.

Other activities include face painting, craft stalls, pony rides, a Punch and Judy show and scarecrow dancers. There will also be the chance to get up close to a variety of animals from local mobile zoo Animal Mania.

There will also be two scarecrow making days at Forge Mill Needle Museum on Wednesday and Thursday (August 21 and 22) between 11am and 3pm, in the lead up to the big day.

Anyone wanting to take part should bring some old clothes to make their scarecrow and £3 for materials.

Entry to the event is free and there will be reduced entry to the Dinosaur Exhibition and the museum.

Redditch Standard, 9 August 2013

August 2013: The bones of a great exhibition


Jo-Ann Gloger, keeper of collections at Forge Mill, meets a dino visitor. Picture by Marcus Mingins.

An exhibition giving residents the chance to get up close and personal with dinosaurs is set to be a roaring success.

Dinosaurs Uncovered will be open at Forge Mill Needle Museum until Sunday, September 1, featuring dinosaur skulls and replica fossils.

Residents will be able to test their knowledge with an interactive dino-buster and piece together skeletons in the dino-bone yard as well as meeting a holographic presenter to guide them through the Triassic and Jurassic periods.

Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal admission price for the museum. On Wednesdays when museum entrance is normally free for Redditch residents, there is a separate charge of £2 for adults and £1 for children.

Redditch Standard, 2 August 2013

July 2013: Getting to grips with dinosaurs


Jo-Ann Gloger from Forge Mill gets up close to a daunting dinosaur.

At an exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum people can take an exciting step into the world of dinosaurs to learn all about the Triassic and Jurassic periods.

Visitors will come fact-to-face with the monstrous T-rex, meet triceratops and a velociraptor, which scientists have discovered were most probably feathered. The exhibition also features dinosaur skulls and replica fossils.

People can test their knowledge on the Dinobuster touchscreen interactive, they can piece together dinosaur skeletons in the Dino boneyard and meet a holographic presenter who will guide them through this fascinating time period.

A spokesman said: "This is a wonderful exhibition for dinosaur buffs of all ages."

The exhibition is on until Sunday, September 1. Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal admission price to the museum. But for Redditch residents on Wednesdays (when museum entrance is normally free) there is a separate charge of £2 for adults and £1 for children to visit the exhibition.

Redditch Advertiser, 31 July 2013

June 2013: Mill hosting textile show


Jo-Ann Gloger with some of the work on display in the museum.

The Forge Mill Needle Museum is hosting a unique exhibition by a group of artists drawn together by their passion for textile art.

The Midland Textile Forum has a membership drawn from across the West Midlands who all work in a diverse range of media including weaving, printing, fabric manipulation, felting and machine embroidery.

A museum spokesman said: "Inspiration for the exhibition is taken from natural and built environments, and also incorporates work derived from our cultural heritage. This is a wonderful exhibition for anybody who has a love of textile art."

The exhibition runs until July 21.

Redditch Advertiser, 19 June 2013

June 2013: Textiles showcase


Jo-Ann Gloger, keeper of collections for Forge Mill Needle museum, shows off a textiles piece by Joan Bray. Picture by Marcus Mingins.

Stunning textiles are being showcased at Forge Mill Needle museum.

The Stretching the Boundaries exhibition by the Midland Textile Forum runs up until Sunday, July 21 at the Needle Mill Lane site.

A selection of pieces created through weaving, printing, fabric manipulation, felting, media, lace making and machine embroidery in 2D and 3D will all be on show.

Inspiration for the exhibition is taken from natural and built environments, and also incorporates work looking at cultural heritage.

Jo-Ann Gloger, keeper of collections at Forge Mill, said: "This is a wonderful exhibition for anybody who has a love of textile art."

Redditch Standard, 14 June 2013

May 2013: Stepping back in time


Health inspectors Malcolm Harding and Paul Harding check up on Kara and Jack Hopcroft. Picture by Marcus Mingins.

Visitors enjoyed a trip back in time as Forge Mill museum came to life to celebrate National Mills Weekend.

Victorian football, ice cream making demonstrations and children's crafts were all on offer on Saturday and Sunday (May 11 and 12) along with 19th century fashion, Punch and Judy, and wet plate photography.

Jo-Ann Gloger, keeper of collections at Forge Mill, said: "Everybody had a really good time and thoroughly enjoyed meeting a variety of historical characters and seeing the mill brought to life by the Redditch Amateur Theatre Society."

Redditch Standard, 17 May 2013

April 2013: Family fun down on the farm


Forge Mill's past farm fun days have been a great success with all the family.

Farmyard animals, puppet shows and craft demonstrations will all be on offer this weekend.

Residents are invited to meet sheep, goats, rabbits and more at Forge Mill Needle Museum's Family Farm Day from 11am until 4pm on Sunday (April 7).

Performances from the Scarecrow dancers and Carrot and Moon puppet shows will also be taking place, while stalls and refreshments will be available.

Entry costs £2 for adults, £1 for children or £5 for a family ticket and includes entry to the popular puzzles exhibition.

Redditch Standard, 5 April 2013

April 2013: Fun time at Forge Mill


Now you see it: Charlie Dean at Forge Mill.

Can you be fooled? Do you think you're easily deceived?

If you think the answer is 'no', then you can try your luck at a special hands-on exhibit at Forge Mill Needle Museum.

Puzzles and Illusions, by the Science Projects Team from London, is designed to get the brain working and can give people an insight into exactly how their brain works.

The exhibit, which runs until April 14, promises a fun and fascinating time for all the family. For more information, visit forgemill.org.uk.

Redditch Advertiser, 3 April 2013

March 2013: Anna's finest embroidery work


Anna Burton, 94, is displaying her Art With A Needle and Thread exhibition at Forge Mill.

A last chance for residents to take a look at an exhibition by one of Redditch's oldest artists is on offer this weekend.

A collection of embroidery by 94-year-old Anna Burton will be on display at Forge Mill Museum until Sunday (March 17).

Visitors will be given the chance to get up close and personal to the detailed pieces which can take more than three months to create using single stranded threads to shade and colour flowers.

Through magnified samples guests can scrutinise her methods, while photographs of the painstaking process will also be on display.

The grandmother's work has been exhibited throughout England, including shows at the Palace Theatre, London and Harrogate.

Jo-Ann Gloger, keeper of collections at Forge Mill, said: "This work is truly outstanding. I don't think I have ever seen such neatness, precision and skill in a work of embroidery before."

The Art With A Needle and Thread exhibition is open from 1pm until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday with adult tickets costing £4.50, children £1.50 and senior citizens £3.50.

Redditch Standard, 15 March 2013

March 2013: See Elsie's works of art

It will soon be the last opportunity to see some amazing artwork at a Redditch museum. The exquisite work, some taking up to three months to complete, is all the more amazing because it is done by 94 year-old Elsie Anna Burton.

The exhibition is called Art With A Needle And Thread and is on display at the Forge Mill Needle Museum until March 17.

It showcases Mrs Burton's considerable talents in the delicate art of using single stranded threads to shade and colour flowers. Her work has been extensively exhibited throughout England, including shows at the Alexandra Palace, London and Harrogate.

Jo-Ann Gloger, from Forge Mill, said: "This work is truly outstanding. I don't think I have ever seen such neatness, precision and skill in a work of embroidery before. As part of the exhibition we have magnified samples of Anna's work so people can scrutinize her methods and skills."

Redditch Advertiser, 13 March 2013

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