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: Fri 10 June to Sun 17 July 2022
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An exhibition by the Tangent Textile Group
This is a superb exhibition from the Tangent Textile Group.
Using an exciting fusion of techniques, from hand and machine embroidery, embellishment and quilting, to mixed media, fabric painting and printing, this exhibition brings it all together to produce a body of work which showcases their diverse skills and expertise on a range of subjects from the colours and rhythms of the natural world to the human form.
Exhibition: Sat 23 July to Sun 11 September 2022
A ROYAL ENFIELD COLLECTION
The Forge Mill Needle Museum is hosting a unique Royal Enfield collection.
The exhibition will show some of the iconic motorbikes (both old and new), also some bicycles including a rare Royal Enfield tandem, some great behind the scenes photos of the factory in production, material from both early and modern advertising campaigns, and lots of other interesting items that were also made by Royal Enfield.
This is a great exhibition for all Royal Enfield enthusiasts.
Exhibition: Fri 16 September to Sun 30 October 2022
An exhibition by Art Textiles: Made in Britain
The group, originally formed by Hilary Beattie, has always aimed to show the diversity of British art textiles, in art, quilts, embroidery and other mixed media.
Found is the fourth exhibition in their sequence that the group have presented. The Found concept proved to be an exciting source of inspiration, particularly rich in meaning: revealed strata, found fabrics from the past evoking memory, recycled objects or rediscovered treasure.
The group show that in these challenging times, more than ever, art and stitch play such an important role in our lives.
Read more on the Art Textiles website
Exhibition: Thu 3 to Sun 27 November 2022
REMEMBERING THE BATTERIES
An exhibition by the Redditch History Society
The Redditch History Society celebrates the history of nickel-cadmium battery manufacturing in Redditch from 1918 to 1993.
The exhibition includes a timeline of the companies involved, illustrated guides to the manufacturing processes, the important contribution to the war effort in World War 2, videos, documents, photographs and artefacts.
The exhibition also demonstrates how two companies merged to become Alcad, the second largest battery manufacturer in the world for nickel-cadmium industrial batteries.