Framework Knitters Museum

Chapel Street, Ruddington, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG11 6HE
7 Chapel Street Ruddington England NG11 6HE GB

Visit this working museum and take a journey back to the lives of framework knitters. Discover how the knitting frame made it possible for workers to produce knitted goods nearly a 100 times faster than by hand and see a framework knitter in action.

Walk around the frameshops, cottages and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard and see fine examples of displays and collections depicting how life was on the site. Learn about the living and working conditions of 19th century framework knitters and their manager, and discover how the manager’s family lived. Compare their lives to the frameworkers lives. You would have wanted to be a manager for sure!

You can also learn about the Luddite revolt, a national worker’s uprising which began in Nottinghamshire in 1811 and view an historic collection of hosiery, including Queen Victoria’s stockings and discover the craft which started the Nottingham Lace Industry. And while you are there, enjoy a hands-on experience as you create your own souvenir on a circular knitting machine and have a go on a sock machine.

This museum makes a great family day out as it is a fun and interesting place to visit.

Facilities: Wheelchair access to all ground floor rooms (and chapel gallery).
Disabled-access toilets. Braille guides available.

Opening Times: The museum is open from Spring to Autumn, Wednesday to Saturday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) from 11am to 4.30pm, and on Sunday 1.30pm to 4.30pm. In winter, from December to March, it is open Fridays from 10.00am to 3.30pm. For more information about the exact opening time dates and entrance prices, (which are very reasonable) please visit their website.

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