Forge Mill Needle Museum Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September

Forge Mill Needle Museum have their annual free entry Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September from 11am to 4pm.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers and is entirely Free.
The event includes free entry to the whole site, tours of the Forge Mill Needle Museum and the Bordesley Abbey site by the Forge Mill volunteers, songs and music by Indigo Arts (ther Violettes), the ever-popular display of motor cycles by the regional Royal Enfield Owners Club, a display of working model boats by the Little Radford Model Boat Club, free entry to the current exhibition, ’The Language of Flowers’ by well-known textile artists, Hilary Beattie and Jenny Rolf, Redditch Local History Society will have a display based on their 2017 Archive exhibition and here will be children’s activities linked to the history of the area.
Refreshments are available at the Forge Mill volunteer run tea bar.

‘Deeds not Words’ – Forgotten Birmingham Suffragettes and Suffragists

‘Deeds not Words’ – Forgotten Birmingham Suffragettes and Suffragists

The importance of Birmingham and the West Midlands in the story of women’s struggle for the vote has long been forgotten.

Now West Midlands History have turned a spotlight on the stories of the women who as suffragists devoted their lives to the cause and the suffragettes whose militant acts resulted in imprisonment and, often, force-feeding.

Dr Nicola Gauld highlights the importance of their struggle and discusses more in her important new book ‘Words and Deeds: Birmingham Suffragists and Suffragettes 1832-1918’