Activities outside our normal meetings are supported by the Society but are entirely produced by individual membership teams. There is no obligation in any member to be involved in these activities.EVENTSWe are happy to promote local events related to the history of Redditch which are taking place in the area. However due to the existing pandemic crisis there is little activity.We support activities at our National Needle Museum - Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre www.forgemill.org.uk - which is currently closed. Each year we support the National Heritage Day, which this year was cancelled. However, there is a virtual Heritage Day available at HERE which was created by the volunteers at the museum.For 2021 we expect that by September the event will take place and members will be producing an exhibition to support the weekend event.Regarding other events, members will consider providing exhibitions where suitable indoor facilities are provided.EXHIBITIONSMembers plan to continue with their exhibitions at Forge Mill Needle Museum late in the year. This year, they had planned an exhibition ‘Redditch in WW2’ which, due to Covid-19 was cancelled. For 2021, they have proposed an exhibition on ‘Bordesley Abbey and the Birth of Redditch’ in conjuction with the volunteere at the Museum.There are also have plans for exhibitions in 2022 and 23, but, of course, all this depend very much on the situation at the museum.TALKSWe have several members who give talks on the history of the area and we are always pleased when they give a talk at our meetings. A number of these members also give talks to local community groups.We plan to have, when the current situation has passed, a listing of speakers and talks which can be used by local groups who are looking for suitable history talks.ARCHIVESWe no longer collect archives or have an archivist. However, we are ready to help and support anyone who has archives and are not sure where to deposit them.There are several organisations who are willing to accept archives, depending on their relevance and importance. Typically, these are the embryonic Redditch Local History Museum and Redditch Motorcycle Museum, and the established Forge Mill Needle Museum and the Hive at Worcester. Also, we have members with personal archives which support their interests.We are happy to help you in deciding where best to place your contributions to the history of the town.
We are happy to promote local events related to the history of Redditch which are taking place in the area. However due to the existing pandemic crisis there is very little activity.Our National Needle Museum - Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre www.forgemill.org.uk - is currently closed. However, there is a virtual Heritage Day available at www.hod2020.redditchmuseum.org.ukwhich was created by the volunteers at the museum.We are hoping to have an exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum Gallery in late 2021entitled ‘Bordesley Abbey and the Birth of Redditch’ in conjuction with the Forge Mill Volunteers. However, this will depend very much on the situation at the museum.Anthony Green, Society Secretary