Framework Knitters’ Museum Reopens

Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum reopens today (Wednesday February 1st) after the winter break. The fourth exhibition at the Chapel Art Gallery, which opened in November 2016, also resumes.

‘Girl in puddle’ by Nigel Boughton-Smith

This features Nottinghamshire artists Lynda Childs, Dawn Wilsher and Nigel Boughton-Smith. It will continue until Wednesday the 22nd of February.

The Chapel Art Gallery, which opened in spring 2016, is a partnership between The Nottingham Society of Artists and the museum. It features work from some of Nottinghamshire’s best known artists, and a contribution from the sale of any artworks is split between the museum and the society.

Meanwhile, the museum itself is gearing up for a brand new programme of events in 2017 under the guidance of new manager, Nicola Wood. These will include a selection of themed events and activities, as well as a year-long initiative to knit ‘The longest scarf in Nottingham’ on one of the museum’s vintage Griswold knitting machines.

New Framework Knitters’ Museum manager Nicola Wood, pictured in The Nottingham Post.

Says Nicola: ‘This will be a really exciting year for the museum with lots of new, fun, family-friendly events and activities. We will be kick starting the year off with our ever-popular annual Easter Bunny Hunt, which will be taking place on Good Friday from 11am to 4pm, and in May we will be holding our first ever “Swing back to the Forties” living history event! And look out, as we launch our new “Griswold Gang” kids’ summer holiday club in August, which will be packed full of themed, funky and fun creative workshops.’

Entrance to the gallery is free, whilst admission charges apply to the museum. These have been raised slightly for 2017 to incorporate an element of Gift Aid for UK taxpayers.  In return you get FREE entry to the museum for the next 12 months, plus your very own vintage “Clocking In” card to log your visits. The Framework Knitters’ Museum and Chapel Art Gallery are open Wednesday to Saturday, 11.00am to 4.30pm until Easter, when opening hours are extended to include Sundays 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The Textile Emporium and café are open to all visitors and the public at the above times to buy refreshments and souvenirs.

The Textile Emporium at The Framework Knitters’ Museum

We’ll continue to keep you up to date with latest information on events and activities at the museum and art gallery here on Why not make them part of a #RuddyGoodDayOut very soon? Catch NCT  Navy 3 or Green 10 buses to Chapel Street.

Museum information courtesy of Faye Stenson and

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