Carpet knowhow

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Val at the Museum of Carpet

On the way to set up for this year’s Tourism & Attractions Show at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Contributing Editor Val Baynton called at the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster’s town centre.

The museum, the only one in the UK dedicated to carpet and carpet-making, is based in the former Stour Vale Mill and the exhibition traces the history of carpet-making in the country, not just in the town. There are many archival exhibits showing the different types of carpets, fibres and dyes as well as how they are designed. Group tours include a talk about Kidderminster’s history, a guided tour of the museum and demonstrations by hand loom and power loom weavers.

Val enjoyed discovering more about the world of carpet and especially liked the ‘time-line carpet’ with panels made from original photographs and recreations of early designs.

New recruits for Yorkshire blue crew

The newly-qualified Blue badge guides at their graduation

The newly-qualified Blue badge guides at their graduation

Groups visiting Yorkshire now have 26 new professional tourist guides to choose from, following their graduation and receipt of the respected Blue Badge qualification from the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

All the guides have undergone 18 months of intensive study taking in the whole of Yorkshire, including key towns and cities, national parks, abbeys, churches, castles, country houses, the coast and industrial heritage as well as modern day agriculture, geography, industry and commerce.

This brings the number of members of the Yorkshire Association of Tourist Guides up to 36, all of whom are ready to bring the county to life via coach or mini-bus tours, guided walks, special interest tours and other half or full-day itineraries.

To find a guide in Yorkshire, visit The Yorkshire Association of Tourist Guides website at

Jurassic ark in Dorset

A computer rendering of the exterior of the Etches Collection

A computer rendering of the exterior of the Etches Collection

A brand new multi-million pound museum is to open in Kimmeridge, Dorset, housing a collection of Jurassic Coast fossils.

Set to showcase the life’s work of local collector Steve Etches, it will tell the story of life and death under the seas of Kimmeridge over 150 million years ago.

The museum will include an exhibition gallery, with CGI projections on the ceiling designed to give visitors the sense that they are in an underwater, glass-roofed vessel surrounded by prehistoric creatures.

The Etches Collection itself will be showcased in illuminated cabinets and a visible workshop will allow visitors to witness the preparation of local fossils first hand.

The Etches Collection is due to open late this summer. Ticket prices have yet to be decided.

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