Talks

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Talk – Woven in Kidderminster An excellent illustrated talk looking at the history of the carpet industry in the Kidderminster, Stourport, Bewdley and Bridgnorth area.

Talk – Mills and Tall Chimneys of Kidderminster An exploration of Kidderminster’s heritage, this includes a visual tour of a carpet factory and includes unique historic pictures to show the industry at work. A recommended follow-up to Woven in Kidderminster.

Talk – The Kidderminster & Stourport Electric Tramway Co. They might not be carpets, but the trams were very much a part of the life of the towns between 1898-1929.

Talk – The Magic Carpet: Hand knotted carpets from the Orient An illustrated talk focussing on the history of hand knotted carpets.

The talks have been written by Melvyn Thompson, museum historian, based on his published works about the carpet industry and the local history of Kidderminster. Time: Each talk normally lasts about 1 hour Equipment: We can bring own projector and screen if required Costs: The Museum of Carpet is a registered charity and donations, depending on the size of the organisation but a minimum of £50, are invited towards the cost of maintaining the Museum and its extensive Archive Collection Travel: Our speakers are happy to travel reasonable distances but request assistance with petrol and any other expenses Merchandise: Copies of Melvyn’s books can be made available at the talks

Film – Reel Stories Film Show Enjoy a night at the movies and view some of our archive films of Kidderminster and the carpet industry. The films are a selection of local promotional films made by the town’s carpet firms and are from the hey day period of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Time: Each showreel normally lasts about 1 hour Equipment: We can bring own projector and screen if required Costs: The Museum of Carpet is a registered charity and donations, depending on the size of the organisation but a minimum of £50, are invited towards the cost of maintaining the Museum and its extensive Archive Collection Travel: Our speakers are happy to travel reasonable distances but request assistance with petrol and any other expenses

Walk – Town Centre Carpet Walk Explore what remains of Kidderminster’s Carpet Heritage during this walk around the town centre. Approx. 1.5 hours duration

Walk – Canal Towpath Carpet Walk Going from Caldwall Mill to Limekiln Bridge, this fascinating walk will show how the canals provided Kidderminster with great trade connections to the rest of the country. Approx. 2 hours duration

Bookings and information, please contact Melvyn Thompson at: 2 Flint Close, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 1YF Telephone: (01562) 67077 or email him using the form below:

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