Redditch History Society
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The Worcestershire Local History Forum, the WLHF, publish details of events, news, meetings and other activities which are taking place in

Worcestershire and are connected to the history, heritage and archaeology of the county. They have a What’s On In Worcestershire page which

gives some of the events happening in Worcestershire.

The Redditch Railway Interest Group, which meets monthly at the Forge Mill Needle Museum Visitor Centre, have their programme available for

download HERE (pdf file).

For those who are interested in the archaeology of the region, the Worcestershire Archaeology Society has an interesting programme of

lectures and activities.

The Feckenham Forest History Society holds meetings throughout the year from September to June, at Feckenham and Webheath Village

Halls, and cover a wide range of historical topics.

Alcester & District Local History Society was founded almost 40 years ago and its aims are to make local history and the study of local history

accessible to all and to establish a museum in the town. They have regular meetings with speakers.

Bromsgrove BMSGH  branch, is the the family history site for North Worcestershire covering Bromsgrove and surrounding areas from

Kidderminster to Kings Norton and Redditch.Bromsgrove Society has a number of meetings throughout the year covering the local history and a

regular newsletter .

The Bromsgrove Society has a number of meetings throughout the year covering the local history and a regular newsletter .

Local Area History Groups

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Other history sites related to the town are the Redditch History website has a potted history of all aspects of the towns history and, for the more

energetic, the Redditch Walks website has a number of walks around the town and the local area with information on points of  historical interest

on route. These are part of the Explore Redditch group of websites.

Redditch is operated by Redditch Borough Council, whose website has helpful information about the facilities available in the  town. In particular

the Things to Do page gives information on the programme of leisure and cultural events the town offers throughout the year with parks, leisure

centres, sport, theatres and museums.

The town museum is the Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which encompasses two major national sites, the Forge

Mill Needle Museum based in a 18th Century Water Mill with the original water powered machinery and the ruins of Bordesley Abbey; a medieval

Cistercian Abbey, which has been extensively excavated. The Friends of Forge Mill Needle Museum help to support the museum.

The town centre theatre, the Palace Theatre, one of the few remaining theatres designed by Bertie Crewe, has just celebrated it’s Centenary and

has a wide range of  productions from variety through to plays and musicals.

The Arts in Redditch network provides links and information on art of all forms which you can find within the town. It has information on events in

the town, local groups and societies and the public art which can be seen.

The Visit Redditch site gives information on the town, its facilities and surrounding area.

The are two local ‘free’ newspapers for the town and surrounding area. They are the Redditch Advertiser and Redditch Standard. Both newspapers

have news on what is happening in the town, including local communities, sport and entertainment, as well as a wide range of local advertisements

and sales. They both have web sites and a social media presence, and are  printed weekly in newspaper form and delivered to all households in

the town.

Redditch History gives an introduction to the various aspects of the town’s history using a range of ‘pocket history’ presentations and some

short descriptive text. The site covers EARLY REDDITCH - Birth of Redditch, Bordesley Abbey, Moons Moat and Church Green - INDUSTRY -

Needles, Fish Hooks, Springs, Motor Cycles, Batteries and HDA - TRANSPORT - Roads, Canals, Railway. This site is published independently

as part of the Explore Redditch group of websites.

Redditch Local History Museum has been established as Charitable Incorporated Organisation to campaign for, create and operate a town

centre museum in Redditch. The aims of the museum are to cover all of Redditch’s history and heritage not currently included within the scope

of Forge Mill Needle Museum and the proposed Redditch Cycle & Motorcycle Museum.

Redditch Local History Museum

Redditch History

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Promoting the history of the area since 2009
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Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch is an historic site illustrating the rich heritage of the needle and fishing tackle industries. Models and

recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made, and how Redditch once produced 90% of the world’s needles. On

the same site, just a very short walk from Forge Mill Museum, are the ruins of Bordesley Abbey – a medieval Cistercian Abbey which has been

extensively excavated.

Useful Links

Local History Groups

The Worcestershire Local History Forum, the WLHF,

publish details of events, news, meetings and other

activities which are taking place in Worcestershire and

are connected to the history, heritage and archaeology

of the county. They have a What’s On In Worcestershire

page which gives some of the events happening in

Worcestershire.

The Redditch Railway Interest Group, which meets

monthly at the Forge Mill Needle Museum Visitor Centre,

have their programme available for download HERE (pdf

file).

For those who are interested in the archaeology of the

region, the Worcestershire Archaeology Society has

an interesting programme of lectures and activities.

The Feckenham Forest History Society holds

meetings throughout the year from September to June,

at Feckenham and Webheath Village Halls, and cover a

wide range of historical topics.

Alcester & District Local History Society was

founded almost 40 years ago and its aims are to make

local history and the study of local history accessible to

all and to establish a museum in the town. They have

regular meetings with speakers.

Bromsgrove BMSGH  branch, is the the family history

site for North Worcestershire covering Bromsgrove and

surrounding areas from Kidderminster to Kings Norton

and Redditch.Bromsgrove Society has a number of

meetings throughout the year covering the local history

and a regular newsletter .

The Bromsgrove Society has a number of

meetings throughout the year covering the local

history and a regular newsletter .

Local Links

History sites related to the town are the Redditch History website

has a potted history of all aspects of the towns history and, for the more

energetic, the Redditch Walks website has a number of walks around

the town and the local area with information on points of  historical

interest on route.

Redditch is operated by Redditch Borough Council, whose website

has helpful information about the facilities available in the  town. In

particular the Things to Do page gives information on the programme of

leisure and cultural events the town offers throughout the year with

parks, leisure centres, sport, theatres and museums.

The town museum is the Forge Mill Needle Museum &

Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which encompasses two major

national sites, the Forge Mill Needle Museum based in a 18th Century

Water Mill with the original water powered machinery and the ruins of

Bordesley Abbey; a medieval Cistercian Abbey, which has been extensively

excavated. The Friends of Forge Mill Needle Museum help to

support the museum.

The town centre theatre, the Palace Theatre, one of the few

remaining theatres designed by Bertie Crewe, has just celebrated it’s

Centenary and has a wide range of  productions from variety through to

plays and musicals.

The Arts in Redditch network provides links and information on art

of all forms which you can find within the town. It has information on

events in the town, local groups and societies and the public art which can

be seen.

The Visit Redditch site gives information on the town, its facilities and

surrounding area.

The are two local ‘free’ newspapers for the town and surrounding area.

They are the Redditch Advertiser and Redditch Standard.

Both newspapers have news on what is happening in the town, including

local communities, sport and entertainment, as well as a wide range of

local advertisements and sales. They both have web sites and a social

media presence, and are  printed weekly in newspaper form and delivered

to all households in the town.