FIND out more about ‘The River Arrow flowing through Redditch History’ at the annual exhibition by Redditch Local History Society at Forge Mill Needle Museum.
Running from now until Sunday, November 25 it tells the tale of River Arrow which came into existence at the time of the last Ice Age nearly 12,000 years ago.
Over the following millennia, it has seen early man, the Roman invasion, the great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the Norman Conquest, the expansion of the monasteries, the Industrial Revolution, the urbanisation of the population and the development of the modern ‘New Town’ that is Redditch today.
The exhibition, using photographs, maps, drawings and artefacts, explores the history of this little river and its importance to the history of the town and the local area.
The exhibition also includes an original and stunning tapestry by the Redditch Recorded in Art Group entitled ‘Remembered in Thread’.
Forge Mill Needle Museum itself is a hidden gem of Redditch and still has a mighty waterwheel which the River Arrow used to turn to power the machinery that forged the town’s identity.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sundays.