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

skip to content | skip to navigation

accessibility help | site map | graphics version | text version

Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
Wed 2 Apr to Tue 6 May 2014

This exhibition looks at famous fishing tackle of old Redditch, and features some of the museum's rarely seen outstanding fishing tackle treasures.

We also mention the smaller companies and look at how they also contributed to make Redditch synonymous the world over with great fishing tackle.

We also pay tribute to the people and the skill it took make what are effectively small works of art.

Read associated flyer.

Rods, Reels, Baits and Lures Exhibition
Fri 9 May to Sun 8 Jun 2014

Eclectica are back at Forge Mill with a new body of work inspired by the beautiful structural forms found both within the natural world and the man-made environment.

The seven artists in the group are based all around the West Midlands and work independently to produce contemporary stitched textiles that showcase a wide range of techniques which include: dyeing, printing, quilting, hand and machine embroidery and surface embellishment.

The work reflects the artist's individual response to the chosen theme and reveals their unique diversity of approach to textile art.

Read more about artists June Parkinson and Marion Plumb.

Structure Exhibition
Thu 12 Jun to Sun 13 Jul 2014

This is a fantastic opportunity to see the results of what started as a fabric exchange project - originally the Quilters Guild Stash Quilt Challenge; an exchange project between the British and German Quilt Guilds - but morphed into its own project between the Buckinghamshire group 'Gone to Pieces' and the Lippertal Quilters in Germany and developed into 'sew' much more!

As the fabric exchanges grew so did the friendships, with invites to Germany to see the Lippetal Quilters exhibition and vice versa with exchanges to England and meetings with their fabric swap partners.

There are 40 small quilts that are the product of this fabric exchange. They are very varied as any method was allowed, some are traditional, others contemporary, but they are all very different and all wonderful.

The exhibition was shown in the spa town of Bad Sassendorf in December 2013, and will also be displayed at Germany's major quilt show in Einbeck, May 2014.

Jill Packer from 'Gone to Pieces' said: "This fabric swap between the Lippetal Quilters and 'Gone to Pieces' has started new friendships – and given me the chance to travel and see their lovely country. It has challenged members of both groups to work with fabrics they may not have chosen themselves and I am sure that most will agree that it's been a fun and interesting project. And it all came about because of a request in The Quilter".

Please see the December 2013 edition of The Quilter for the full article and more information.

Anglo-German Quilts Exhibition
Mon 14 Jul to Sun 20 Jul 2014

A delightful exhibition showcasing creative and imaginative textile, art and 3D structural work from local schools.

Local Schools' Textile Art Exhibition
Wed 23 Jul to Mon 1 Sep 2014

This is must for all Hollywood Sci-fi fans!

It's not often members of the public get to meet some of the metallic stars of the big screen. We have both 'goodies' and 'baddies', and visitors can get close up and personal with famous names such as Robby the robot from 'Lost in Space', Robocop and the deadly diabolical ABC robot from 'Judge Dredd'.

The exhibition also has firm family favourites: from Star Wars a life sized battle droid and the head of C-3PO. And then, representing British Sci–fi we have the BBC's Dr Who - you can see the original Sontaran prosthetic head, and get close enough to see the superb detail on the cybercontroller (Cybermen) head.

There are many other well-known robots as well: from Aliens we have the chestbusting creature; we have the head of the Sil monster from the 'Species' movie; and the popular and life-like Sonny from 'I Robot', plus many more both large and small.

This exhibition has kindly been sponsored by Jack Don from The Museum of Movie Magic.

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.

Robots, Cyborgs and Andriods Exhibition
Wed 3 Sep to Sun 19 Oct 2014

An exhibition by the Inkberrow Design Centre students who are studying for a City & Guilds in fashion garment design.

You will see fabulous designs worked in fabrics from sumptuous painted silk to traditional British wool and creative styles ranging from exquisite Saville Row tailoring to the more unconventional!

The exhibition also showcases some talented millinery work, from students ranging from 8 to 70 years old. Many of these unique creations will be for sale.

More information and courses available on their website.

Local Schools' Textile Art Exhibition
Wed 22 Oct to Sun 23 Nov 2014

The Forge Mill Volunteer Group explores the early and fascinating history of our region.

They start in the Anglo-Saxon period, when this area was part of the Kingdom of Mercia, and move onto the fragile unification of England which began under King Alfred.

They continue with the Norman Conquest and the rise of the great monasteries, the Black Death, the end of feudalism and how it culminated in the War of the Roses.

The Group examine the changes which occurred in our region during those troubled times and illustrate how there is still so much evidence around us that relates to this interesting period of our history.

Medieval 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.