THE MUSEUM AND GROUNDS ARE OPEN EVERY DAY (VISITOR CENTRE TUE AND FRI ONLY)
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Forge Mill Needle Museum

Experience the fascinating story of needle making in Victorian times

Bordesley Abbey

Explore the excavated ruins of this medieval Cistercian Abbey

Visitor Centre

Learn the history of Bordesley Abbey from development to destruction

Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch is an unusual and fascinating place to visit. This historic site illustrates the rich heritage of the needle and fishing tackle industries. Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made, and how Redditch once produced 90% of the world’s needles.

On the same site, just a very short walk from Forge Mill Museum, are the ruins of Bordesley Abbey – a medieval Cistercian Abbey which has been extensively excavated.

Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which is set in an original reconstructed 16th century barn, tells the extraordinary story of the Abbey from its development in the 12th century to its destruction in 1538 by Henry VIII during the dissolution.

One of the most unique museums in Worcestershire and the West Midlands, the museum also has a superb Gift Shop selling souvenirs and a good selection of the finest quality needles, many of which are locally produced. We also stock unusual needles and offer a mail order service.

Our Current Exhibition

Follow the Thread

Follow the Thread

Fri 10 June to Sun 17 July 2022

Featured Events

Outdoor Explorers at Forge Mill

Outdoor Explorers

Thu 7 and Fri 8 July
10.00 to 11.15am

Teddy Bears Picnic at Forge Mill

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Thu 14 and Fri 15 July
10.30 to 11.30am

Medieval Weekend at Forge Mill

Picnic, Pizza and Pimms

Sun 17 July
5.00 to 9.00pm

Cocktails in the Cloisters at Forge Mill

Cocktails in the Cloisters: Back to the 80s

Sat 23 July
7.00 to 10.00pm

Guided Tours of Forge Mill