Chapel Street Ruddington, Nottingham NG11 6HE

Located in Ruddington, a village just south of Nottingham, discover how Nottingham’s historic framework knitters lived and worked at this interactive museum.

The Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington is a surviving example of a 19th century framework knitters’ yard. Today it has been restored as a living history museum.

Visitors to the museum will discover how framework knitters and their families lived and worked in Victorian times. The guided tour offers fascinating insight into the lives of the people who forged Nottingham’s reputation for industry.

People visiting the museum will see hands-on demonstrations of framework knitting, then be set loose to create their very own souvenir. There is also an award-winning interactive film that describes the history of the Luddite rebellion. You choose the direction of the plot and become a part of history itself.

You will learn 400 years of framework knitting history. From its role in the Industrial Revolution to the infamous Luddite riots of the 1800s, and how framework knitting gave birth to the Nottingham lace industry. The museum even has a pair of Queen Victoria’s own stockings!

After all the exciting history, visitors can enjoy the vintage tea room. It serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and light snacks on genuine bone china.

Unlike other museums, the Framework Knitter’s Museum is in fact a collection of small buildings. The frame shops, cottages and outbuildings are arranged around a beautiful garden courtyard. In the summer, visitors can enjoy open air events.

Across the road is the former Methodist Chapel, where the framework knitters would have worshipped. Today, this is home to the Chapel Art Gallery. It is used as a venue for events and exhibitions.

The Frameknitters’ Museum has seasonal opening times and is closed between Christmas and February for maintenance.