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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

Redditch Memories

Redditch Memories

Thu 31 October to Sun 24 November 2019

Featured Events

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

01527 62509

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

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