Celebrate the launch of brand new galleries at Framework Knitters Museum
Explore two brand new galleries at Framework Knitters Museum and see the history of the knitting industry come to life!
Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in the pretty village of Ruddington, you’ll find an unexpected delight; The Framework Knitters Museum is a time capsule to a time when Nottingham was the lace making centre of Europe. Machine knitting was invented in Nottinghamshire in 1589 by William Lee, and the knitting frame made it possible for workers to produce knitted goods 100 times faster than when knitting by hand.
New to 2014! The museum were fortunate to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, making it possible to make major improvements to the site, including two brand new galleries. Special effects have been added to bring the museum to life for the visitor with a new sense of drama and interaction which will mean groups will get to experience the site in a completely unique way.
On 26 July 2014, adults and children alike are invited to celebrate the launch of the museum’s two brand new galleries, including the UK’s first gallery entirely dedicated to the Luddite revolt, which started in Nottingham before spreading across the country. To mark the occasion they are holding a FREE family fun day at the museum which will run from 11am to 4:30pm, with last admission at 4pm.
Perfect for adults and children alike; explore the new Luddite Gallery and unearth facts about the bygone era and examine the conditions that surrounded the uprising. While the new Machine Room will chart the development of the industry, explore the birth of lace, and encourage the ongoing debate about the production of cheap clothing.
In addition, visitors will be able to watch live demonstrations on the framework knitting machines and marvel at the historic hosiery display – including Queen Victoria’s stockings! Make sure to also pay a visit to the onsite shop, which supports young and local textiles makers, and pick up exclusive local craft gifts.
For more information visit: www.frameworkknittersmuseum.org.uk