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.
Read the Risk Assessment pertaining to the re-opening and operation of Forge Mill Museum and grounds.
Our Current Exhibition
Our exhibitions programme has finished for 2019. Please come back and see us from February onwards for 2020’s exciting range of activities.
Virtual Heritage Day
Fri 11 to Sun 20 September 2020
Details of our Events programme for 2019 are still being finalised, and will appear here very soon!
Twilight Christmas Craft Fair
Sat 30 November
1.00 to 5.00pm
Christmas Craft Fair
Sun 1 December
11.00am to 3.00pm