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Museum of Carpet

Museum of Carpet Stour Vale Mill Green Street | Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ, England
+44 1562 69028
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Excellent visit

Knowing that I have ancestors who were in the trade, this museum has been on my bucket list for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ken G
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Carpet looms working WOW!

A fantastic place to visit. So much to see. Knowledgeable voluteers showing many aspects including... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
essandee4950
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Norfolk, 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 1 week ago 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

Thank Ken G
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

Thank essandee4950
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.

Thank Paul D
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

Thank Iris F
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

Thank Nightwatchwoman
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Knowledgeable and friendly volunteers were able to demonstrate how the carpets were made. Really enjoyed my visit. Recommended. Also very easy to find in the middle of the town centre - if approaching from the station look for Dunelm.

Thank _slspillo
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Took my granddaughter to see this museum....she loved it, what a lovely place to go and remember what Kidderminster was famous for......thank you

Thank lizmJ7341WX
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Good tour guide not just about carpets, it was also about the people of Kidderminster and there jobs my family all worked in the industry so I new quite a lot before i went but was surprised on her stories

Thank Gordon G
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Found this a very interesting place to find out about the carpet industry that was in Kidderminster. Inter-active stuff as well as lots of information. Cafe and toilets in adjacent supermarket

Thank VronW1
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Fascinating insight into the history of carpet making in Kidderminster with practical demonstrations. It's amazing how complex weaving a carpet can be, and I now just about understand how it works. Carpet making requires learning and great skill. The ladies demonstrating the weaving techniques have...More

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Mausom
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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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Korka_geordie
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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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