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. These 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.
Exhibition: Sat 2 February to Sun 3 March 2019
RODS, REELS, BAITS AND LURES
An exhibition looking at the famous fishing tackle of old Redditch, and featuring some of the museum’s rarely seen outstanding fishing tackle treasures.
This exhibition highlights the importance (and dominance) of Redditch and the contribution it made to the development of quality tackle that was exported and used all over the world.
Exhibition: Thu 7 March to Sun 7 April 2019
This exhibition showcases the talents of nine very different artists, who have a wide variety of specialisms and have joined together to form a unique group that creates art using a variety of mediums.
From textiles, quilting, embroidery and felting to ceramics, intaglio collagraph printing and ink pointillism. Inspiration is taken from diverse themes such as – urban decay, architecture, the natural world and the female form.
Exhibition: Thu 11 April to Sun 28 April 2019
ANCIENT WISDOM: A FUN HANDS-ON EXHIBITION
So much of our knowledge and ideas that we use in our modern everyday life is based on the wisdom of the ancients.
This is a fun hands-on exhibition which explores many of these ancient principles: from Archimedes screw and building an aqueduct to sending a message with flags! Have a go at locking a door with a Roman key, build a Roman arch and make a grindstone work by adding gears. Explore music and languages and try writing your name in hieroglyphics or using a clay tablet.
This is an exhibition for all the family to get involved with and have fun!
Exhibition: Sat 4 May to Sun 16 June 2019
Making a Point with Lace
This is a superb exhibition from the Lace Guild Museum looking at the important role needle lace played in the development of lace and fashion.
Needle lace was a luxurious fashion item, de rigueur in the Royal Courts of Europe, an adornment worn by monarchs. This exhibition traces the development of this particular form of lacemaking from the 16th Century until the present day. It still thrives as a popular craft alongside other methods of lacemaking.
The Lace Guild also hold regular exhibitions at their own museum. Read more on The Lace Guild website
Exhibition: Thu 20 June to Sat 27 July 2019
This year the Contemporary Quilt Group Challenge for their 40th anniversary is inspired by an intriguing piece that they have in the Quilters Guild collection ‘The Edwin and Mary Bloomfield’ coverlet, dated 1850.
The challenge to the makers was to produce a piece of work that could only use aspects of the original’s colour, text, motifs and pattern to inform a new, contemporary piece of work.
The exhibition shows their outstanding skill and talent as they re-imagine this special quilt.
Exhibition: Wed 31 July to Wed 28 August 2019
Puzzles and Illusions
A fun and fascinating exhibition for all the family!
Explore intriguing and mind-bending puzzles that will surprise, delight and amuse you. Try out 3D puzzles such as the towers of Hanoi, see surprising colour illusions and experiment with mirror writing. This exhibition is designed to get your brain working – can you be fooled? Learn why your eyes deceive you.
This is a hands – on exhibition from the Science Project team, London.
Exhibition: Fri 30 August to Sun 27 October 2019
An Exhibition by Hilary Beattie
We all seek sanctuary, but what are we looking for? A Place to feel safe? A place to find solace? A place to heal? Is this place outside in nature? Or in a building? Or deep within the self?
“I have lived alongside chronic depression for most of my adult life and finding a place of sanctuary has been part of my journey to healing and living a good life in spite of this. In this exhibition (through the medium of textiles) I share my own places of sanctuary – the places that keep me well and promote healing, health and happiness. I hope some of that peace rubs off on the viewer as they share my sanctuary with me.” Hilary Beattie.
Exhibition: Thu 31 October to Sun 24 November 2019
An exhibition by the Redditch Local History Society
The RLHS have been collecting stories and reminiscences about the people and events in the town from a wide range of residents. This exhibition looks at both the pre-New Town ‘old’ Redditch as well as people who came to Redditch with the New Town Development and gives a picture of life in the town over the past decades.
The exhibition charts the significant change in population, industry and housing and looks at how Redditch has continually re-created its own identity.