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Museum of Carpet

Museum of Carpet Stour Vale Mill Green Street | Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ, England
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The museum is a tribute to Kidderminster’s heritage of weaving and carpet making

A fascinating variety of films, displays, areas for children to experience the materials, weaving... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Caroline66500
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Do not let the title put you off !!!

More than a Museum about carpet making. It is as social history museum. Very interesting museum... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
LynEHA
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Located inside Stour Vale Mill, a beautiful Grade 2 listed building. The Mill was built in 1855 as a carpet factory and until recently it was part of Woodward Grosvenor, carpet manufacturers. We are the only museum in the country that is devoted to carpets and carpet making. Kidderminster has had close association with the carpet industry from the 1700s. The Carpet Museum Trust was established in 1981. As the industry contracted, the Trust began to collect machinery, artefacts, archives and libraries from the numerous firms in the town. The Trust now has a good collection of machinery showing the important stages in the technical development of carpet making as well as ancillary equipment. There are collections of archives in a variety of forms, ledgers, board minutes, deeds, accounts that have also been acquired from many of the companies around the town. There is also a collection of around 3000 carpet designs, many by significant designers such as Charles Voysey, Edouard Glorget and Bernat Klein. The samples of rugs and carpets illustrate most of the types of carpets, the different fibres and dyes, and the changing styles of design.
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Museum of Carpet Stour Vale Mill Green Street | Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating variety of films, displays, areas for children to experience the materials, weaving courses and a book shop. Interesting and educational.

Thank Caroline66500
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

More than a Museum about carpet making. It is as social history museum. Very interesting museum with working looms and people to talk to who were involved in the production of carpets for most of their lives.Highly recommend a visit.

Thank LynEHA
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Run by volunteers, this high quality almost new museum explores the history of carpet making in Kidderminster, with displays, audio and working looms. I spent over 2 hours there, partly because the staff as so keen to talk about it. You could get round in...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Took 24 people to the museum on Saturday to be greeted by a group of guides that were passionate about their museum and helped us all to understand all the workings of carpet looms. All guides were a cheerful and knowledgeable about everything we wished...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

very interesting museum with very helpful volunteers. we learned a lot more than we thought we were going to. would definitely go back

1  Thank debbie d
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Knowing that I have ancestors who were in the trade, this museum has been on my bucket list for years, and I finally made it, I'm so glad. Founded and run by knowledgable enthusiasts, excellent value for money, I was taken round, passed from expert...More

1  Thank Ken G
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

A fantastic place to visit. So much to see. Knowledgeable voluteers showing many aspects including spinning, working looms with excellent explanation from people who worked there. Plenty of interactive stuff .... learn about Kidderminster "stuff." A chance to design your own carpet & project it...More

1  Thank essandee4950
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Keep it up. Great to see the history of Kidderminster. Fully recommend it. Probably will be back again in a couple of years.

1  Thank Paul D
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Planned activity was rained off so took granddaughters to the Museum of carpet . A bit worried when we first went in and everywhere was very quiet - the activities on offer as extras were very basic but staff were pleasant and the children enjoyed...More

1  Thank Iris F
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

It's a great little museum but although it's small there's lots to see and absorb and two hours flies by, especially if you time your visit to coincide with the demonstrations. (And I recommend you do, as the volunteers who lead them have some fascinating...More

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Response from ade o | Reviewed this property |
Although there are interactive bits to it but an eight year old may not find it so fascinating unless s/he loves crafts and machines.
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Hi there We charge £4.50 for an adult; £3.50 for a concession and £2.00 for a child. Families can buy a family ticket for £10.00 which allows two adults and up to 4 children to come in. The entry includes a tour... More
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