Framework Knitters Museum Celebrates Re-Launch
At the end of July the Framework Knitters Museum, Ruddington, launched the first stage of its redevelopment, which was made possible by Museum Development East Midlands and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The museum was re-launched with the opening of two brand-new exhibitions – including the UK’s first gallery entirely dedicated to the Luddite revolt.
Visitors to the museum are now able to experience what life was like for the Framework Knitters of Nottinghamshire as they explore the historic site. As part of the redevelopment of the museum, special effects have been added to bring the museum to life for the visitor, and a new sense of drama and interaction mean that they get to experience the site in a completely unique way. In addition visitors are able to see a framework knitter in action, and even get to make their own knitted souvenir on the historic sock making machines.
The two new galleries enable visitors to find out how the historic industry is intrinsic to, not just the county’s heritage, but issues that still affect people across the world. The new Luddite gallery tells the story of the Luddite revolt, which started in Nottingham before spreading across the country, and examines the conditions that surrounded the uprising. While the new Machine Room charts the development of the industry, explores the birth of lace, and encourages the ongoing debate about the production of cheap clothing.
“Finally the region has an exhibition dedicated to the Luddite uprising. It was a national revolt, yet it started here in Nottingham, so we feel it is really important that it is commemorated,” said Paul Baker, Museum Manager. “We’re really excited about the changes to the museum and we can’t wait to see our visitors reactions. We set out to make our historic spaces more dramatic and interactive, and I’m sure our visitors will have never seen anything quite like it before.”
The museum, including the two new galleries, is open Wednesday to Sunday. For opening hours, and for more information, visit the Framework Knitters Museum website.