About The Museum

What is the Framework Knitters Museum?

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This is a unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard with an adjacent former chapel in which many of the knitters worshipped.

The site has been restored to show the living and working conditions of the framework knitters who occupied it throughout the nineteenth century.

This is a working museum with machinery in use and the opportunity for visitors to ‘have-a-go’.

How was the museum founded?

Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum is a small independent working museum, established by the efforts of the local community, which saved it from the bulldozer and put it under the control of a charitable trust.

The museum has been open to the public since 1971 and preserves this unique site, the machinery and the skills to operate them.

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