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Museum of Carpet

Museum of Carpet Stour Vale Mill Green Street | Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ, England
+44 1562 69028
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Interesting, well organised displays.

This was a really interesting experience and insight into the industry in Kidderminster. Good... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Boris545
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Really interesting

Learned a lot from very keen but never OTT volunteers. A very good value visit time flew by. Thank... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Marc W
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Located inside Stour Vale Mill, a beautiful Grade 2 listed building. The Mill was built in 1855 as a carpet factory and until recently it was part of Woodward Grosvenor, carpet manufacturers. We are the only museum in the country that is devoted to carpets and carpet making. Kidderminster has had close association with the carpet industry from the 1700s. The Carpet Museum Trust was established in 1981. As the industry contracted, the Trust began to collect machinery, artefacts, archives and libraries from the numerous firms in the town. The Trust now has a good collection of machinery showing the important stages in the technical development of carpet making as well as ancillary equipment. There are collections of archives in a variety of forms, ledgers, board minutes, deeds, accounts that have also been acquired from many of the companies around the town. There is also a collection of around 3000 carpet designs, many by significant designers such as Charles Voysey, Edouard Glorget and Bernat Klein. The samples of rugs and carpets illustrate most of the types of carpets, the different fibres and dyes, and the changing styles of design.
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Museum of Carpet Stour Vale Mill Green Street | Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a really interesting experience and insight into the industry in Kidderminster. Good displays and very helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Thank Boris545
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Learned a lot from very keen but never OTT volunteers. A very good value visit time flew by. Thank youyoy!

Thank Marc W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fantastic museum, we had to put extra money on the car parking as we were enjoying it so very much. The volunteers running the carpet loom machines were really great, they were cheerful and enthusiastic, happy to answer any questions and took an active...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Popped in after shopping, my daughter loves history and it shows the history of our town beautifully. Demonstrations of the looms are intresting, can spend an hour or two in there. If you like local history it is a must. Staff are very friendly and...More

Thank bex p
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I was persuaded to visit this museum by my wife and went with a degree of hesitation. I was pleasantly surprised by the museum as I didn't realise how much there was to know about carpet making. Furthermore, the social aspects of it were well-covered....More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

This museum is very hard to find if you do not know the area. The council should put up more signs!.When you do find it it is well worth it. The volunteers are so friendly and knowledgeable.Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The Museum of Carpet is an excellent museum - well set out with interesting and informative displays. Particularly enjoyed the videos and designing our own carpet. Make sure you time your visit for the 12 O'clock demos of the old carpet looms. The volunteers are...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Spent well over two hours here this morning, and could have stayed longer, parking permitting. Extremely interesting and what really made it was the knowledge and enthusiasm of the volunteers. Well worth visiting.

Thank Jane P
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Covers history of carpetmaking worldwide, moving on to modern times. Two huge 'obsolete modern' looms can be seen working (check times) which are incredibly impressive in their complexity. Carpets are not as boring as you might think!

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

A fascinating variety of films, displays, areas for children to experience the materials, weaving courses and a book shop. Interesting and educational.

Thank Caroline66500
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Mausom
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Although there are interactive bits to it but an eight year old may not find it so fascinating unless s/he loves crafts and machines.
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Hi there We charge £4.50 for an adult; £3.50 for a concession and £2.00 for a child. Families can buy a family ticket for £10.00 which allows two adults and up to 4 children to come in. The entry includes a tour... More
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