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: Thu 20 June to Sat 27 July 2019

Re Vision

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.

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Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
Needle Mill Lane
B98 8HY