Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum
Alma Street
Off Corporation Street
South Yorkshire
S3 8RY



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0114 272 2106


0114 275 7847

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Bessemer Converter
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Major displays on Sheffield industry and its people, processes and products from Victorian times..

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Thurs 1000-1600
Sun 1100-1645

Closed: Fridays and Saturdays

Admission charges

Adult £4.50
Concession £3.50
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.

Collection details

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.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
War Work

War Work - Sheffield Industry and the First World War Exhibition

  • 4 August 2014 — 31 July 2015

'War Work’ tells the story of the impact of war upon the companies, manufacturing and workers of Sheffield’s industry through objects and documents from the city’s collections. From the products that fed the guns of the nation’s war machine, to the personal stories of the city’s workers, this exhibition explores industry in the Steel City during the World’s first global conflict.


Normal museum admission charges apply


Sheffield Remembers

Sheffield Remembers – War Memorials from the First World War

  • 9 November — 31 December 2014

A new display of war memorials from the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust collection will be exhibited as part of the First World War centenary commemorations.

The memorials honour the men from the industrial companies of Sheffield, who served or lost their lives during the 1914-1918 conflict.

Exploring the themes of war and industry, commemoration and remembrance, visitors can learn about the symbolism of memorials as well as discovering the personal stories of soldiers from the City.

In the ‘My War Story’ section visitors are invited to add their own stories to the display.


Normal museum admission charges apply


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of two men making sussex trugs

Traditional Crafts & Skills Weekend

  • 10 — 11 May 2014 10am-4pm

Abbeydale’s historic workshops will come to life with demonstrations of forging and grinding, and there will be stalls of artists and local producers with goods for sale.

Other traditional crafts and skills on show will be iron smelting, wood turning, lace making, spinning and metal working, with Abbeydale’s resident potter and glass maker opening up their workshops for the weekend.

There will be community stalls, including our very own Abbeydale Haberdashers, and live music throughout the day. Our cafe will be open for drinks and snacks, and Whirlow Hall Farm will be barbequing.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Abbeydale Road South
South Yorkshire
S7 2QW

Services and facilities


Usual admission price applies: £4.00 adults, £3.00 concessions, accompanied under 16s FREE.


Millowners Arms at Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Concert Party

  • 15 May 2014 7-8:30pm

We will visit the Little Mesters Street to be enthralled by tales of the Sheffield Zeppelin raid, before practicing the Trench Reel in the cruicible melting shop, and then retiring to The Millowners Arms Gallery for a sing-a-long of popular Great War Choruses.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


For ticket and booking information, please see our website. Event times TBC.


Vintage Fayre

5th 1940s Wartime Weekend & Vintage Fayre

  • 12 — 13 July 2014 11am-5pm

Event attractions include:

• Vintage, Antiques and Crafts Stalls
• Grand Slam Bomb & River Don Engine in steam
• Wartime Café, Books & Gifts
• Vintage Hair & Beauty
• Wartime Museum Tours & Talks
• Dress in your 1940’s Best!
• Sunday afternoon Tea Dance (additional charge applies)
• Displays, Vehicles and Re-enactments
• UK’s No George Formby Entertainer PEC Esquire
• Major Swing & Kitty’s English & American Music – DJ – Beginners Dance Lessons
• Pete Jones vocalist with your favourite songs of the era
• Natasha Harper 1940s singer
• UK Homefront Living History
• Allied 35-49: Vehicles, Weaponry & Firing
• Homefires Burning: Bomb Disposal
• Meet Sir Winston Churchill and Monty’s Double

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal Museum admission applies (5.00 adults, children free).
Additional charge applies for Sunday afternoon tea dance


photograph of river don, sheffield

8th 'Down by the Riverside' & Sheffield, Made Metal Market

  • 20 September 2014 11am-4pm

Event attractions include riverside walks and talks, family heritage activities and local/community history stalls as well as the chance to meet reptiles, mammals and minibeasts. The event also features live music, taster sessions at Sheffield City Kayak Club and food and craft stalls.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Usual Museum Entry Applies.


Victorian Christmas Market

22nd Victorian Christmas Market

  • 29 — 30 November 2014 10am-5pm

Over 130 stalls set in ambient Market Quarters including:
• Sheffield, Made - traditional crafts and skills
• All that Glitters - homeware, gifts and jewellery
• Christmas Shop - cards, tinsel and treasures
• Dickensian Emporium - gifts for everyone
• Festive Food and Entertainment

Shoppers can enjoy festive food and entertainment experiencing tastes from around the world including hog roast and mulled wine. With live music performances on stage with brass bands, choruses and choirs and around our atmospheric museum grounds where traditional craftspeople demonstrate their skills and Dickensian Living History folk will be raising spirits and warming hearts.

Families will love our traditional fairground with Ferris Wheel and new Santa Industries Co. where youngsters can meet our elves and reindeer at Santa’s Workshop before a visit to see Santa at our HQ Grotto!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adults 6.00, children free entry


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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.

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.