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Get ‘Behind the Music’ at The Ned Ludd

Mark NightingaleThe Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington has teamed up with Nottingham Brewery’s The Ned Ludd pub in Nottingham city centre to offer a unique fundraising evening of music, spoken word and discussion.

The event will take place in the pub’s upstairs function room on Saturday 26 August, with doors opening at 7pm and the performance starting around 7:30pm. Tickets cost £4 for entry only (there’ll be a cash bar), or punters can opt for a £10 ticket which includes a drink and a snack from The Ned Ludd’s new tapas menu.

All monies raised from ticket sales will be donated to The Framework Knitters Museum – Nottingham Brewery’s charitable partner – and the acts taking part have kindly agreed to perform free of charge. Each of the four acts will perform two acts with an interval at around 8:30pm, when the audience can order additional food as well as drinks from the bar if they wish.

So what is ‘Behind the Music’?

Musician and compere for the evening, Mark Nightingale (pictured above), explains: ‘This is more than just an evening of music and more than a mix of styles and performers. “Behind the Music” allows you to meet and hear from the performers themselves.  Before each piece there’s a short explanation or insight from each musician.

 Thus along with the music itself, we’re let in on the process that created it, or allowed to appreciate something of the musician’s craft and relationship with their instrument, or asked to look out for certain aspects in the music that we may not have noticed otherwise. Behind the Music not only lets us hear the music, but invites us inside the music too.

Andy Heath, Operations Manager for Nottingham Brewery adds: ‘This is the second “Behind the Music” event that we’ve organised with Mark and the Framework Knitters Museum, so we’re hoping to really build on the success of the first one. Nottingham Brewery is delighted to be supporting the museum by donating the proceeds from ticket sales and we’re very grateful to Mark and all the acts for offering their time and talent free of charge. It’s set to be a fantastic evening, so come along and join us for a Saturday night with a difference.

About the acts

Aesop Mizen Band

  • Æsop Mīzen Band – This odd two-piece sounds like a full band. See Mark Nightingale play ‘the stick’, a 12 string guitar bass hybrid. Via touch style, “the stick” combines both lowest notes of a 6 string bass along with the full range of a standard guitar, but in such a way that both can be played simultaneously. Drummer Pete Nightingale matches this with his full kit and jazz style. His responsive style matches the twists of Æsop Mīzen’s progressive electro-jazz that mixes new material with re-worked standards.
  • Jude WinwoodJust Jude (Jude Winwood) – Just Jude is joining our special line-up for the evening, playing her 21 string kora, a west African bridge harp originating from The Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Jude first met the kora during her studies for a Masters qualification in Ethnomusicology at The School of Oriental & African Studies in London, back in 2011. Since then she has made several study trips to The Gambia to learn more about the kora’s cultural background. Just Jude’s debut album ‘Heartful Kora’ comes out in July 2017 and will be available to purchase on the night.
  • Chris Miles – pioneer of pure impro. Improvisation takes many forms, but here we have its purest expression. With other experienced improvisers, Chris Miles leads the way creating in the moment a brand new piece; no agreed keys or chords; no agreed structure or feel. It is always surprising what fresh and complete music this method of improvisation produces.
  • Adam Nightingale Reading his own WorkAdam Nightingale – Hear published author and writer of historically based performances turn his attention to mixing words and music. Here we have spoken word deliberately tailored to go hand in hand with its musical backdrop. Building on the tradition of the tone poem, hear both the literary, and the music it inspired, live side by side.

How to buy tickets

You can buy tickets for ‘Behind the Music’ on the door or in advance from The Framework Knitters Museum or The Ned Ludd. Tickets are also available online from Eventbrite. For more information, please contact the museum on 0115 984 6914 or email Office hours times are Wednesday to Friday, 10:30am to 4pm.

A new chapter begins at the Framework Knitters Museum

paul-baker-museum-manager-at-the-framework-knitters-museumAs Paul Baker, the manager of the Framework Knitters Museum, moves on to pastures new it seems the perfect time to take stock and consider the impressive journey the homage to Nottinghamshire’s past has taken over the last 5 years.

During a period that has been challenging for much of the heritage sector, this museum continues to go from strength to strength and has witnessed a remarkable increase in visitors. With Paul at the helm what was once a small village museum has transformed into an internationally renowned, multi-award winning visitor attraction.

Paul Baker said, “When I started the role in 2011 I could not have imagined the journey we have since taken. I’ve really enjoyed my time here, and am immensely proud of what the museum has become.” 

Paul instantly saw huge potential in the historical site. Drawing on his extensive experience in redeveloping museums he set about re-imagining the visitor’s experience, and how it might be made more appealing to families and school groups.

After securing over £100,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Museum Development East Midlands and Nottinghamshire County Council, Paul and his team started a year-long project to redevelop the site. Among their achievements was the creation of the first museum gallery dedicated to the Luddite uprising, and a unique new educational programme which has won international accolades. 

Paul continued, “I’ve been blessed with an incredible team of staff and volunteers who have embraced this period of change and growth and have provided me with outstanding counsel and support. The many accolades we have received and the growth in visitor numbers has been as a consequence of the dedication and hard work by my team.”

The museum’s subtle use of state-of-the-art sensory devices and technology has created a unique and dramatic experience which encourages visitors to explore their surroundings, to engage and participate in a fun way.  As a consequence visitor figures have increased by 59%, including a 300% increase in family visits.

It wasn’t long before the awards started flooding in; particularly for the new education programme which features an innovative interactive film. Over the course of a year the museum became the only British winner at the European Heritage in Motion Awards 2015, received the coveted Sanford Award, and won two accolades at the East Midlands Heritage Awards and another at the Nottinghamshire Awards ceremony.

The museum was also recognised by Visit England who made it the first museum in Nottinghamshire to receive the prestigious Best Told Story Accolade. Due to the European achievement Paul was also invited to be a laureate at the 2016 Best in Heritage IMAGINES Conference, a highly regarded international conference that showcases the best in the museum and heritage field from across the world.

Paul also used his earlier retail background to transform the museum shop into The Textile Emporium, specialising in unique contemporary textile products. The shop has become a destination in its own right and celebrates the creativity of local makers. This quirky approach has been popular with both visitors and the local community, and has seen revenue increase by 1170%.

Never one to rest on its laurels this year has seen a new partnership which has created another draw to the museum for visitors. Coupling up with the Nottingham Society of Artists, a new art gallery has been opened in the nineteenth century chapel featuring work from some of the finest artists in Nottinghamshire.

Although Paul is moving on there are exciting times ahead for the museum. We are currently in the midst of a huge fundraising drive to redevelop our existing site and expand into a recently-purchased adjoining cottage. Once complete, the project will double the existing exhibition space, create a new visitor route and offer new and improved facilities to visitors and other users.

Nottinghamshire artists on display at the Chapel Art Gallery

'Outskirts of the park' by Dawn Wilsher

‘Outskirts of the park’ by Dawn Wilsher

November brings more Nottinghamshire artists to the Chapel Art Gallery at the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington. Celebrated at this fourth exhibition will be Lynda Childs, Dawn Wilsher and Nigel Boughton-Smith.  The exhibition will open on Saturday 19 November 2016 and run until Wednesday 22 February 2017.

Paul Baker, museum manager at the Framework Knitters Museum, said, “We’re really excited for our visitors to see the fantastic artwork coming up in this next exhibition.”

'Playing the blues' by Lynda Child

‘Playing the blues’ by Lynda Child

The Chapel Art Gallery, which opened earlier this year, is a partnership between the Nottingham Society of Artists and the Framework Knitters Museum. It features work from some of the finest artists in Nottinghamshire, and a contribution from the sale of any art is split between the museum and the society.

Paul continued, “We’re proud to work with such a prestigious organisation as the Nottingham Society of Artists, and our visitors certainly seem to enjoy the added attraction the gallery provides.”


Nigel Boughton-Smith, one of the artists featured in the exhibition and the Nottingham Society of Artists’ coordinator for the Chapel Art Gallery, said, “We thought we’d do something special for Christmas so as well as the artwork, there will also be cards and miniature prints available that people will be able to buy as gifts.”

'Girl in puddle' by Nigel Boughton-Smith

‘Girl in puddle’ by Nigel Boughton-Smith

The Chapel Art Gallery will be open Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm until 23 December 2016, and then Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 2:30pm from 1 February 2017. Please note that the museum and gallery are both closed from 24 December 2016 until 31 January 2017.

Entrance to the gallery is free, whilst normal admission fees apply to the museum. The museum shop and café are open to all visitors, as well as the general public, at the above times to purchase refreshments and souvenirs as usual.

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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.