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Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

Needle Mill Lane, Redditch B98 8HY, England
+44 1527 62509
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Excellent video presentations

This is a comprehensive story of needle making in Redditch, displayed in an old mill which ran... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David S
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Malvern, United Kingdom
Who knew

We had been in the area and saw the site on the web. It was very interesting I mean if you have... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nighthawk779
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“local history” (7 reviews)
“water wheel” (7 reviews)
“fishing hooks” (6 reviews)
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Needle Mill Lane, Redditch B98 8HY, England
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+44 1527 62509
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a comprehensive story of needle making in Redditch, displayed in an old mill which ran some of the processes. It would be of interest to adults and children. There are two videos to watch and recorded stories on telephones on the way round....More

Thank David S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had been in the area and saw the site on the web. It was very interesting I mean if you have ever seen and gone fishing or had surgery. The process to make the needles and hooks was dirty tedious dangerous and impacted their...More

Thank nighthawk779
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

An interesting place and,I think, unique. We spent about an hour looking around and found it really interesting. We could have done with a couple of guides in the rooms as we both had questions that remained unanswered. It was a cold and wet day...More

Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Great way to learn about the needle industry through the ages, well worth the visit. Never knew so much went into making a needle. Good tour guides, very knowledgable about their subject. Learn also about the history of the Abbey , especially about the crop...More

Thank BarryGail
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We were travelling north to our home in Scotland following a visit to relatives near London. I was brought up in the Redditch area, near the museum, in Forge Mill Road. We arrived at the museum shortly after 15:00 on Sunday 4th March. The museum...More

Thank Martin E
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

This is a small attraction but it tells the story of the needle industry in Redditch very well indeed. The volunteer helpers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic - very keen to pass on their knowledge. Walking round and seeing how the needles were made in the...More

Thank musketeer1645
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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

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Reviewed 8 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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