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A dimly lit belt driven workshop with several freestanding machines, including a lathe, shaper and milling machine. The drive belts connected to a system of line shafts near the ceiling are a prominent feature.

© Richard Connolly

© Ian M Spooner

Die-Sinkers Workshop

Continuing Display

Kelham Island Museum

A detailed reconstruction of James Dixon and Sons’ die-sinking workshop, which was originally on Cornish Place in Sheffield.


Dies are metal blocks that stamp out shapes from sheets of metal as part of the mass production of items such as trays, spoons and forks. Dixon’s were known for their luxury products, but also as a maker of Britannia metal, pewterware and Old Sheffield Plate.

The machines in the workshop were powered by line shafting, which distributed power from a large central power source, such as a waterwheel, through a system of belts and pulleys.

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Tue-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 11am-4pm

***We’re unable to run the River Don Engine on Sat 27 Jul due to staff illness. We’re sorry if you were hoping to see it then, but you can catch it in steam on Thu, Fri & Sun this week.***

The Upper Transport Gallery and Simplex Car display will be closed for an event on Sat 27 Jul, 10 Aug, 17 Aug & 24 Aug.

***The Exhibition Pod will close for redisplay on 24 July and reopen 2 August***

Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street


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Die-Sinkers Workshop

© Richard Connolly

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