Visit to Forge Mull Needle Museum
Wednesday 12th June 2019

How do I find the Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

Needle Mill Lane
Postcode: B98 8HY

Booking is essential

Just send an email with the names of who will attend the visit to the event organiser Nic Houslip. Email
07768 766315

Bookings made

Posted: 190227

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.

Overnight accommodation
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