Discover Sheffield’s story at Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island, South Yorkshire

The ‘Steel City’s’ unique industrial story is brought to life through interactive galleries at this captivating museum.

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Sheffield, in Northern England, is known across the world for its quality steel and the skilled workers behind it; Kelham Island Museum celebrates that industrial heritage. It stands on a 900-year-old manmade island in the UK’s oldest industrial district. Here, you’ll see the mighty River Don Engine, the most powerful working steam engine in Europe and over 100,000 fascinating objects that make up the renowned Hawley Tool Collection.

Explore interactive galleries and visit the Little Mesters Street workshops where skilled craftsmen still carry out their craft. Kelham Island Museum’s latest exhibit is The Millowner’s Arms, a gallery complete with a traditional bar that celebrates Sheffield’s Brewing heritage, from being the biggest brewing city in England to its numerous microbreweries of today. You can sample the celebrated local ales at a nearby award-winning pub.

Sheffield station is just over 2 hours north of London by train.

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EEntrance to Kelham Island. © Will Roberts
TThe Bessemer Converter. © Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
RRiver Don Steam Engine. © Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
AA Little Mester at work. © Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
IInside Kelham Island © Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
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