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Swing Back to the 1940s

1940s flyerThe Framework Knitters Museum will be hosting a FREE wartime extravaganza on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May. Called ‘Swing Back to the 1940s’, the event will turn back the clock to the Second World War, with staff and volunteers decked out in best 1940s regalia. Visitors to the event are, of course, also encouraged to dress up!

The museum will even have hairdressers on hand to recreate authentic 1940s hairstyles, including the famous Victory Roll. Other themed activities include swing dancing with revival dance in the Chapel (tuition available for beginners), a traditional street party on Chapel Street, and stalls selling vintage collectibles.

Museum Manager& Curator, Nicola Wood, said: ‘We’re very excited about “Swing Back to the 1940s” as it’s the first event of its kind that the Framework Knitters Museum has hosted. I know from experience that people love wartime events, so I’m hoping lots of families come along to try their hands (and their feet!) at swing dancing and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes. Which I promise won’t be eggless or sugarless, despite the theme – and they won’t be rationed either!

In fact, visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to refreshments. Not only will the museum be selling tea, coffee and cakes from the Tea Room on the main site, but there will also be a selection of beers, wines and bottled soft drinks on sale in the Chapel. These will be provided by the museum’s corporate partner, Nottingham Brewery, who own and run The Frame Breakers pub on the corner of High Street and Kirk Lane in Ruddington.

Frame Breakers logoDrinks provided by the brewery will include their popular draught beer, Frame Breaker, served in 40s-style ‘dimpled’ pint and half pint pots. Originally created in celebration of the museum’s 45th anniversary last year and also available in The Frame Breakers, 20p from each pint sold is donated to the museum by Nottingham Brewery.

Swing Back to the 1940s will take place from 11am to 4pm on Monday 29 May. Entry to the museum will be free for adults and children alike, and the whole site will be open for visitors to enjoy. As well as wartime-themed activities, there will also be framework knitting demonstrations and the chance to knit your own scarf on a vintage Griswold knitting machine. The Textile Emporium will be open for visitors to explore and pick up souvenirs.

Adds Nicola: ‘It’s set to be a fantastic day out for all the family. There really is something for everyone – and plenty to do whatever the weather – so please come and join us for some wartime fun.

For more information about Swing Back to the 1940s, please call the museum on 0115 984 6914 or email

April events at the Museum

The Framework Knitters Museum looks like the place to be this April, with activities and events for all the family. The fun starts on Good Friday 14th April, when we’ll be hosting our popular annual Knitted Bunny Hunt from 11am to 4pm.

Knitted BunnyOnce again, the naughty knitted bunnies will be hiding themselves in various rooms around the site – and the museum needs eagle-eyed youngsters to help find their knitted pets. Any child who can help the framework knitters find all the bunnies will be rewarded with an Easter Egg.

A framework knitter said: “We do hope you can help us find our mischievous knitted bunnies, they do like to hide and we have no time in our busy day to find them all! We have Easter Eggs aplenty for all our young friends who help us find them. When you visit, we’ll be happy to show you our Victorian knitting machines – and you’ll even have the chance to knit yourself a souvenir.” 

EasterThe museum will also be toasting Hot Cross Buns on the cottage range, and the day will be filled with knitting demonstrations and fun activities for children, complete with the opportunity to knit themselves a souvenir. Admission to the Knitted Bunny Hunt costs £5 for adults and £2 for children. However, entry is FREE for any child bringing their own toy bunny or wearing an Easter bonnet.

From Easter Sunday 16th April, the museum will start opening on Sundays from 1pm to 4:30pm, on top of our current opening times of Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm. On Sunday 30th April, we’ll be taking part in BBC Radio Nottingham’s ‘Big Day Out’, with an earlier opening time of 11am. Entry to the museum will be FREE for everyone to enjoy their Big Day Out!

Self portrait by Nigel Corlett

Finally, the Spring Art Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery, which opened on 4th March, will be running throughout April and continuing until Saturday 27th May. Organised in partnership with the Nottingham Society of Artists, the exhibition features the work of three popular local artists. These are Doreen Hunt, Richard Simkins and 94 year old WWII veteran and inventor of the ‘Nottingham Chair’, Nigel Corlett (pictured, self-portrait). It’s free to visit the Chapel Gallery, which is open at the same times as the main museum site. 

Twice the festive fun at the Framework Knitters Museum


Join us for our Christmas events on 3 and 10 December

The Framework Knitters Museum will be hosting two Christmas events this year – each with their own little twist. On Saturday 3 December visitors can create a unique take on a Christmas stocking using historic hand-knitting machines, and on Saturday 10 December the museum’s annual Victorian Christmas experience will take place.

Paul Baker, museum manager, said, “We absolutely love Christmas at the Framework Knitters Museum. For us it is all about family, fun and festivity. The museum provides the perfect place to provide an intimate festive atmosphere for events, but of course we have to do things a bit differently!”

The first event, on Saturday 3 December, is the perfect way to start your family Christmas celebrations. Using the hand-powered knitting machines children will be able to knit their own tube of material which, with the help of the museum volunteers, will be sewn at one end. The children will then be able to personalise their stocking with festive sparkle.

The opportunity to create one of the unusual stockings will be available in the Chapel between 12 pm and 6 pm, and will cost £5 per stocking. Normal admissions prices for the museum apply which, along with the tea room and shop, will be open from 11 am to 4 pm. Please note that the Chapel Art Gallery will be closed to the general public during this event.

The event is part of a larger programme of activities planned for the Ruddington Christmas Fayre, which will take place across the village from 12 pm to 5 pm and culminate with the Christmas lights being switched on at St Peter’s Church. 


Carol singers at the museum’s Victorian Christmas event

The following Saturday (10 December) is the museum’s annual Victorian Christmas event. Step back in time and enjoy the Victorian surroundings as they are brought to life with traditional music, food and activities. There will be roast chestnuts and crumpets toasted on an open fire to enjoy, while you listen to Christmas carols and music from a traditional barrel organ. Children can even visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special Christmas gift. After dark the museum site will be lit by lantern light to add to the magical atmosphere.

This popular event will take place from 10 am to 5 pm and is free to attend. If you wish to visit Father Christmas  there is a charge of £6 per child and it must be booked in advance by calling 0115 984 6914.

During both events The Textile Emporium, the museum’s shop, will be open selling a wide variety of unusual gift items made by local makers so you can find the perfect Christmas gift with a difference.