The year 2020 marks the 150th birthday of the town’s local newspaper, the Kidderminster Shuttle, whose name was inspired by the ‘shuttles’ used to carry the weft back and forth when weaving on the looms. The Museum of Carpet Archive holds original copies of the Kidderminster Shuttle newspaper, founded in 1870. Bound into enormous volumes, these newspapers provide detailed insights into Kidderminster life and the carpet industry.
Plans for the exhibition mentioned earlier, to celebrate this milestone by exhibiting 150 photographs from the museum’s archive this summer, are unfortunately now on hold due to the Covid-19 lockdown and temporary closure of the museum. We had planned to showcase those parts of the museum’s collection which are not on permanent display, choosing photographs selected for their artistic merit and the story they tell of developments in the carpet industry. Advances in engineering, industrial working practices and production techniques will all be evident in the photographs. A series of talks, workshops and events were also planned to run in association with the exhibition. Please visit www.museumofcarpet.org to discover more about the museum, as well as information about our plans to reschedule the exhibition after the Covid-19 temporary closure.
When the museum reopens people will also be able to book group visits with a volunteer guide, who will give insights into the creation of the carpet industry in Kidderminster and the engineering behind the product.
The museum is located in the refurbished Grade II listed Woodward Grosvenor Carpet Factory.