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Museum of Carpet

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Address: Museum of Carpet Stour Vale Mill Green Street | Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ, England
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+44 1562 69028
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Tue - Sat 10:30 - 16:30

Located inside Stour Vale Mill, a beautiful Grade 2 listed building. The...

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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More interesting than you'd think!!

Took a trip down on the Severn Valley Railway from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster and thought we'd stop off at the Museum of Carpet to kill a bit of time. Found it really interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a trip down on the Severn Valley Railway from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster and thought we'd stop off at the Museum of Carpet to kill a bit of time. Found it really interesting (more than we expected) and the volunteers (former workers I think) were excellent and very knowledgeable. Who'd have thought carpet making could be so interesting! Shame most... More 

Thank Niknak47
Hednesford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent tour including volunteer guides who are very informative and proud of the Kidde carpet heritage. Saw working looms and interesting displays. Allow more time than you think - a good three hours to see and read everything. The nostalgia took me back to the 1960's when I was growing up in the town. Interactive displays too!

Thank Anita H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Wouldn't believe how much is there to see and learn. Nice place for education trip and leisure outing.

Thank ade o
Penybont, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

A group of 10 of 'grown ups' descended on the museum, met by volunteer, Linda. We saw hand looms in action, having heard a short description. We watched 2 mechanical looms of different ages making carpet. Did you know that Kidderminster was THE carpet making town for hundreds of years? No? Nor did we. Do you know how they wove... More 

Thank LynetteChapman
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The ladies in the museum were very helpful and explained things fully, demonstrating what they could. We spent an enjoyable 90 minutes there.

Thank Brian S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is a nice small museum that highlights the impact of carpet manufacturing on Kidderminster. This city had a large number of carpet factories and now there are just one or two. The museum shows the history of carpet manufacturing as it developed and also includes the labor history too. The machinery is still functional and demonstrated as visitors watch.... More 

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

First of all this is a museum about carpet, so don't expect flashing lights and amazing visuals, saying that it is a lovely well kept interesting way to pass a couple of hours. I'd advise checking the website and being there for midday when the machines are started up and demonstrations given. All members of staff both paid and volunteers... More 

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Kidderminster, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

As a former carpet weaver I found my visits to the Carpet Museum very interesting and nostalgic. A inciteful look into Kidderminsters past. Some fascinating pictures and machinery.

Thank John W
Caroline T, Manager at Museum of Carpet, responded to this review

John Great to hear that a former carpet weaver liked the Museum. Help us to spread the word and get more people who worked in the industry to visit. We need your recollections and memories to help keep the story of carpet making alive even if the industry is much diminished since its heyday in the 1960's. More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We're all familiar with carpet. What more could there be to find out about it. Loads actually which you will do in this excellent museum explaining the history of carpet and Kidderminster's dominant part in it. Very helpful and friendly volunteers will demonstrate the various eras of carpet weaving on looms of different periods and show you how the various... More 

Thank DottyTheCat
Caroline T, Manager at Museum of Carpet, responded to this review

Thanks for your very positive review and on behalf of everyone at the Museum of Carpet, thanks for giving us the big thumbs up. We always enjoy showing folks around the Museum and particularly like it when people appreciate the beauty and variety of a much-overlooked fabric, carpet. Help us spread the word! More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their visit - which far exceeded expectations. So much to see and do, and so well presented. The staff are wonderful, and we also enjoyed the refreshments and introductory talk. I think several people intend to return, as we all could have spent longer than our planned two hours there. Unusual and fascinating.

Thank JuneU3A
Caroline T, Manager at Museum of Carpet, responded to this review

Thank you for the great response. The Museum is a hidden gem - having recently won the Little Treasures award at the Group Travel Awards. They voted for us saying we were a small, little known museum that really lunches above its weight in terms of content, displays and of, course our fantastic team of demonstrators who bring the whole... More 

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