6th Aug, 2020

'My Redditch Memories’ – the theme of this year’s Forge Mill exhibition

Harry Leach 20th Oct, 2019

‘MY Redditch Memories’ – that’s the theme of this year’s annual exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum by Redditch Local History Society.

It follows a fantastic response from residents and will feature many new, previously un-published memories and displays.

Society archivist, Derek Coombes said: “Following requests , many have responded and sent in new memories of Redditch.

“We’ve also had many from people who are no longer residents but have fond memories of it, including some from New Zealand.”

The society has recorded all of these and illustrated them with documents and photographs from its archives.

In addition there will be several special features including displays about Church Green, St Stephen’s Church and old maps of Redditch.

Derek added: “The late Colin Wheeler left the society many of the artefacts he had collected and we are most grateful to his family for passing them on to us.

“As a result we will have a special feature on Colin and his association with the Palace Theatre.

“We will also have a previously unknown audio tape of him singing his own words to the song ‘Thanks for the Memories’.”

The exhibition opens at 11am on Thursday October 31 and runs every day the Mill is open until Sunday, November 24.

On the three Wednesdays in November, the 6 /13 / 20, the society will be holding ‘Memory Days’ when residents can share their memories and artefacts on three topics: ‘Where I worked’, ‘The Shops of Evesham Street’ and ‘Growing Up in Redditch’ respectively.

These Memory Days take advantage of the Mill’s promotional offer of allowing visitors three days free entrance once they have made one paid visit.

History Society members will also be at the Mill on those days to answer questions about Redditch local history.

Visit the Mill’s website for opening times and admission charges.

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