Programme for our
visit to the Needle Museum
The museum at Forge Mill celebrates Redditch's history of needle
and pin production in the UK. Around 90% of the world's demand
for needles and pins were produced here in the19th Century.
Forge mill is situated next to Bordesley Abbey, site of former
12th century Cistercian Abbey. This will be an interesting visit.
Find out how they managed to make as many as 3 million needles
a week in one mill with water as the main source of power. Adam
Smith, Scottish Economist and Philosopher, was instrumental
in streamlining needle production using his "Division of
Labour" methods in the 18th Century. He is featured on
the reverse of the current £20 bank note. Briefing
Good car parking on site and easy access from M42 J2 via A441,
which is recommended to avoiding getting lost in Redditch.
Redditch Premier Inn is 5 mins walk away for those who may want
to stay overnight.
Cost for the welcome drink and two tours will be £10.50
plus £12.00 for lunch if desired but which must be booked
in advance. We will need firm bookings to ensure guides are
in place and lunch is provided. Payment on entry.
10.30 Arrival by 10:30 for a welcome hot drink with cake
and then a guided tour of Forge Mill - 60 minutes.
12:30 Lunch, pre-booked cold buffet lunch.
13:30 Tour of the abbey - 90 mins.
Details of what is planned, the programme, timing, cost and
how to get there available from Nic Houslip.
Forge Mill Needle Museum website