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.

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.

For further information visit www.theetchescollection.org or email info@theetchescollection.org


Restored bus for Acton depot

London Transport Museum patrons in front of the restored Wright Handy DW15.

London Transport Museum patrons in front of the restored Wright Handy DW15.


THE London Transport Museum’s branch at Acton has become home to a Wright Handy DW15 bus, newly restored to its original condition in London Buses Gold Arrow livery.

The restoration has been carried out to mark the 70th anniversary of Wrightbus and will be used as a ‘live’ exhibit during rallies and events at the museum.

The Museum Depot in Acton offers opportunities to visit with your group for a behind the scenes tour of the collection.

For further information telephone 020 7565 7298