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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

A Royal Enfield Collection

A Royal Enfield Collection

Sat 23 July to Sun 11 September 2022

Featured Events

Create, Build, Learn Workshops at Forge Mill

Create, Build, Learn Lego Workshops

Wed 17 August
10.00am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

The Tale of Peter Rabbit at Forge Mill

Outdoor Theatre: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Sat 3 September
4.30pm

An Evening of Gin and Jazz at Forge Mill

Gin and Jazz

Sat 10 September
7.30 to 10.30pm

Heritage Day at Forge Mill

Heritage Open Day

Sun 18 September
10.00am to 4.00pm

Guided Tours of Forge Mill