Free Talk with Refreshments: A Fascinating Insight into Lace Bobbins and their Makers

Lace bobbins come in all shapes and sizes and, if you know the stories behind them, give a fascinating insight into the lives of the lace makers and the things that mattered to them.  Find out more about the stories behind some of the bobbins in our collection, from the bobbin makers, to terms of endearment and secret codes, to the gruesome hanging bobbins.

Standard garden admission applies and there is nothing extra to pay to attend this event. Free entry for annual pass holders. Free refreshments are provided. If you would like to attend, booking is advisable by emailing

Part of a summer programme supported by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation.

MK community foundation





Sep 08, 2023


11:30 am

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Our Museum building remains CLOSED.  We are opening our gardens on limited entry.  The Cowper & Newton Museum gardens will be open to welcome you on Wednesday 5th August 10.30 – 12.15 and Saturday 8th August 10.30 – 12.15

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