Standing on a man-made island in Sheffield, England, Kelham Island Museum houses archive material, pictures and other objects which represent Sheffield’s industrial story. Visitors to the museum can explore the interactive galleries which narrate the story of mass production, skilled workmanship and light trades. Located in one of the oldest industrial districts in the city, the museum lets you experience how living and working in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution was like. Also catch an insight into the development process of the region through both World Wars and the Victorian Era.
See the “Little Mesters” who are known for being the early makers of silverware, tools and cutlery. Watch the skills of craftsmen as they make surgical instruments and cutlery. See how the mighty River Don Steam Engine works. It has been used to roll mills for turning out steel plates. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers presented an Engineering Heritage Award to this object in 2004.
The museum regularly holds demonstrations of a 12,000 horsepower (9 MW) steam engine known as 1905 River Don Engine. An armour plate rolling mill was originally powered by this steam engine which is quite impressive in its ability of changing direction rapidly, making the rolling of heavy steel efficient.
The museum is run under the operation of Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust and has a large archive of photos, which authors use to illustrate local history books. Located near the popular Fat Cat public house, the museum is a popular tourist site in the city.
Some of the other attractions in the city of Sheffield include the Sheffield Walk of Fame, a Ferris wheel known as Wheel of Sheffield, Peace and Winter Gardens, theatres such as the Crucible Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre, the Weston Park Museum, Bishops House, Graves Art Gallery and more.
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