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The talks are given by Melvyn Thompson or one of the Museum's volunteers on behalf of The Carpet Museum Trust.
Melvyn has worked in the carpet industry all his working life and speaks from experience. Over 400 talks have been enjoyed by a variety of organisations.
He is retired and remains flexible in time and dates.
The talks normally last about 60 minutes but can be tailored to your requirement. We have our own slide projector and screen if necessary. Kidderminster is known for its carpet industry and the talks appeal to all, not just the Kidderminster area.
The carpet talks are based on the books "Woven in Kidderminster" and "Mills & Tall Chimneys" both by Melvyn Thompson. Copies can be made available with a good discount for your members.
Also available "Weaving in Bridgnorth" and "The Illustrated History of The Kidderminster & Stourport Electric Tramway Company" both part written by Melvyn Thompson.
The Carpet Museum Trust is a registered charity and donations [depending on the size of the organisation but a minimum of £50] are invited towards the cost of maintaining the Museum of Carpet and its extensive Archive Collection. Speakers are happy to travel reasonable distances but would request assistance with petrol and any other expenses.
Talk and slide show. The history of the development of the carpet industry in the Kidderminster area, including Stourport, Bewdley and Bridgnorth. Foundation talk illustrated with samples, pictures, artefacts and good audience participation.
Talk and slide show. A recommended follow-up to "Woven in Kidderminster". An interesting look at Kidderminster's heritage including a tour around a carpet factory to see the carpet industry at work with some unique historic pictures.
Talk and slide show reviewing the history of hand knotted carpets.
Talk & slide show including a ride on the tram. Not carpets but very much a part of the life of the towns between 1898-1929. Melvyn's Grandfather was one of the first Motormen.
Ideal summer evening or Saturday morning walk at a pace to suit your group. Ideal for around 20 people.
1 hour 30 minute duration.
Caldwall Mill to Limekiln Bridge. A fascinating walk at a pace to suit your group.
2 hour duration.
A night at the movies with some of our carpet archive footage.