Kelham Island Museum
Off Corporation Street
0114 272 2106
0114 275 7847
Major displays on Sheffield industry and its people, processes and products from Victorian times..
Museum, Industrial heritage site
Closed: Fridays and Saturdays
Accompanied U16: Free (not inc school visits)
School groups £1.80
- Museums Association
The collections at Kelham Island Museum cover industries in Sheffield from 1750 up to the present. Major collections include the Iron & Steel Industry Collection, Cutlery Industry Collection, Armament Industry Collection and the Tool Making Industry Collection. There are also collections of Historic Photographs and Documents relating to a variety of Sheffield firms. The library contains many technical metallurgical reference books and is available by appointment.
Archives, Industry, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce
Key artists and exhibits
- Key objects on display include the Bessemer Converter and the 12,000 HP River Don Engine.
Rustless: The Harry Brearley Story
Rustless: The Harry Brearley Story will feature over 50 pieces from the city's industrial collection, as well as a series of significant loans from industry, the Sheffield Assay Office and the Brearley family. Objects will be exhibited alongside reproductions of advertisements, photographs and historic documents. The exhibition will also feature a collection box for visitors to donate their old and unwanted stainless steel cutlery. These items will then be made into a new artwork for the Trust by local artist, Jason Heppenstall and form a lasting legacy and a tribute to the discovery of stainless steel
- Any age
Stay Bright - Keep Bright: The Impact of Stainless on Everyday Life
Highlighting the significance of Harry Brearley's groundbreaking discovery of "rustless steel" and its effect on our lives today, from the humble table knife to cutting edge surgical instruments
- Any age
A Day in the Life of a Young Sheffield Steel Worker
How working life has changed in the Sheffield steel industry since Victorian times, with good audio clips from workers past and present.
- This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.
1940s: Wartime Children
Living History Day for schools
Children travel back in time to wartime Sheffield. They will investigate the lives of real people and encounter the trials and tribulations of air raids, evacuations and life on the Home Front. They will experience sounds, songs, gas masks, and life under an Anderson Shelter.