Kelham Island Museum

Bessemer Converter
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Part of Sheffield Museums, Kelham Island Museum is located in one of the city's oldest industrial districts and stands on a man-made island over 900 years old.

Kelham Island Museum’s interactive galleries tell the story of light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production. Learn what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follow the sights and sounds of progress through the Victorian era and two world wars to discover how steelmaking forged the city of today and its impact on the modern world.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Tue-Fri 10am–5pm
Sun 11am–5pm
Closed Saturdays

Open Mondays, 10am–5pm during Sheffield school holidays

(The museum will also open on Saturdays from late autumn)

Admission charges

Free admission.


  • 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.
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.

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

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General enquiries

Education enquiries

Collection enquiries


0114 272 2106


0114 275 7847

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