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Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

Needle Mill Lane, Redditch B98 8HY, England
+44 1527 62509
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A fascinating insight into items you never really think about

A superb light industrial museum, in the home of needle making, well worth a visit. The history is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Graham669
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Redditch, United Kingdom
Nice little find

Went here as part of our Boat Club day out. It was a nice little find. They had activities for the... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Steve D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A superb light industrial museum, in the home of needle making, well worth a visit. The history is fascinating, of Victorian needle manufacture, from the finest, to the largest. Demonstrable innovation, and progression, of the needle making industry that led the world from this interesting...More

Thank Graham669
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Went here as part of our Boat Club day out. It was a nice little find. They had activities for the kids and folk music for the grown ups. We enjoyed having a walk around the museum and the old forge itself.

Thank Steve D
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

An interesting museum telling the story of an industry that I'd never thought about. Well laid out in historic buildings with informative staff and volunteers. Not suitable for those with reduced mobility because of stairs, some very steep.

Thank railhill
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This restored water powered needle mill and the ruined Abbey are very interesting giving a snapshot of how hard and dangerous life was for those involved.

Thank Dugied
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have passed this museum for many years and eventually ventured in, I am so glad I did. It holds so many interesting buildings and so much history. There are people in character throughout the location and they are so authentic and willing to talk...More

Thank James H
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

The history of needle manufacture and scouring was well told (and a great story it is), though a little faded around the edges. For instance, the visitor's video 'creaked' a bit, but the footage of the scouring process was invaluable (I hope it's been archived...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

The museum is small but interesting, especially when combined with Bordesley Abbey. Good weather is essential though.

Thank Kate S
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Took my 5 and 8 year old children for day out. They found the displays interesting and child friendly and interactive. Very interesting and informative for me too! Worth paying extra £1 each for treasure hunt with a decent "treasure" at the end! Pirate display...More

Thank 62Kareno
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

Formerly the world's primary source of hand sewing needles and fish hooks Redditch and district boasted a myriad of global exporting manufacturing companies. Sadly the late 20th century saw their demise with production switching to India, China and Eastern Europe. Fortunately this old water powered...More

Thank 323RobinB
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

A fantastic place to visit.Steeped in history Find out about the past and learn about how needles fishing hooks were first made and many other products.They have many special events throughout the years Costumes event ,even a old fashion Christmas event.A very special and interesting...More

Thank gfelton
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