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The back of two people's head as they look at a wooden lion carving surrounded by metal tools arranged around it like sun rays. The back of two people's head as they look at a round wooden lion carving with metal tools arranged around it like sun rays.

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Hawley Tool Collection

Continuing Display

Kelham Island Museum

This world-renowned tool collection has been amassed since the mid-1950s by former tool retailer and champion of Sheffield’s industrial heritage, Ken Hawley. It consists of over 100,000 objects, all relating to Sheffield’s tool, cutlery manufacturing and silversmithing industry.

 

The collection is on display in the Hawley Gallery at Kelham Island Museum and cared for by the Ken Hawley Collection Trust. It includes edge tools, measuring tools, tools used for cutlery manufacture and silversmithing, as well as a wide range of related catalogues, photographs, films and oral histories. Drawn mostly from Sheffield and Yorkshire, it also features examples from across Britain and around the globe.

Explore displays including a giant saw wall, an A-Z of Tools and exhibits chronicling all aspects of tool design and manufacture.

This prestigious collection is housed in a building originally known as Russell Works, home to saw makers by Wheatman & Smith.

Additional information about the Hawley Collection can be seen at the Trust’s website at hawleytoolcollection.com and access to their database on Sheffield knives is available via hawleysheffieldknives.com

Free Entry | Please Donate

Opening Times

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

***The museum will be closed Thu 30 Nov, Fri 1 Dec & Tue 5 Dec for Victorian Christmas Market set up and set down.

The museum will be open on Sat 2 & Sun Dec for the Victorian Christmas Market - entry £8 adults / children free***

The museum will close for the festive break on Fri 22 Dec and reopen on Tue 2 Jan.

Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street

Sheffield

S3 8RY

Hawley Tool Collection

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