Friends of Forge Mill Needle Museum Supporting our Local Museum in Redditch

Forge Mill Museum Heritage Open Day

11 September 2016     11.00am to 4.00pm

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that normally have an admission charge for entrance and/or events.

We had an excellent day at the Heritage Day at Forge Mill on Sunday 11th September. The weather was perfect and we had just short of 280 visitors on the day, which is our best yet for a Heritage Day.

Many of the visitors were from outside the town and, quite a number, from outside the area brought in by our on-line publicity including the Heritage Open Days website.

Among the wide range of activities and events on the day we had:

The local Royal Enfield Owners Club, who were really enthusiastic and had some lovely machines. Visitors were very interested in what they had to show and the children, of course, loved sitting on the bikes and having their photographs taken!

Indigo Arts as usual gave us some very attractive singing and they were also promoting their ‘Son et Lumière’ event at the Abbey on the 22nd and 23rd October. This is a free event but pre-booking is required and this can be done at Forge Mill Visitor Centre.

The Redditch Local History Society were there with a display of the Headless Cross Methodist Church ‘Time Capsule’ and there was also a display from the Moons Moat Preservation Group.

We had well attended tours of the Museum and the Abbey, and activities for children.

A big feature of the event was the first trials of the ‘tablet trail’ over the abbey ruins area. This system will be one of the most technically advanced in any museum. This is a very interesting project and I will put a few pictures of this on another Facebook entry.

Overall, a very nice day meeting lots of very nice people. The exhibitors, staff and volunteers put in a lot of work to make it happen but I think that everyone agreed that it was well worth the effort.