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


Wednesday 25 October to Sunday 26 November 2017

In the eight years since the Redditch Local History Society was formed, they have collected a wide range of artefacts related to the history of the town, including an extensive collection of photographs, original ledgers and journals, mounted paintings and prints, service awards and many physical artefacts.

As they do not have a heritage centre or an archive depository, these are safely stored by Society members at their homes. All the archives are catalogued in an on-line database and their location identified.

Although safely stored for the future the archives are rarely seen as a collection but this year Forge Mill Needle Museum has given the Society the opportunity to display a wide selection of these artefacts in their exhibition gallery.

On each Wednesday of the exhibition there were "Drop In" days when members of the Society were present to discuss the exhibition, and, on these days, there will also be a touch screen computer which has all the artefacts in digital form plus much more.

In particular, Wednesday 15th November was designated as "Drop-in & Donate Day" at the exhibition. This was an opportunity for visitors to dig out artefacts that they have and bring them along to the society, either to donate them to its archives, or to let it copy them to include in its records. The society welcomes photographs, newspaper cuttings, booklets and documents about Redditch history as well as physical items such as badges, souvenirs and typical items manufactured in the town.

This was a well attended and well received local history exhibition.

More details of the Redditch Local History Society can be found at their official website….