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The Story of Pen and Pocket Knives

Continuing Display

Kelham Island Museum

Shining the Spotlight on Little Mesters

This display within the Hawley Tool Collection celebrates the ‘Little Mesters’ who were, and still are, makers of quality pen and pocket knives in Sheffield. It highlights how the skills to make the knives have been passed down through the generations with a fascinating mixture of original scrapbooks, workbooks, articles, images and film.

These items are part of an enormous amount of paper and other ephemera in the Hawley Collection which add to the social story behind Sheffield’s cutlery and tool manufacturing history including catalogues, firms’ histories, photographs along with video and audio recordings.

The exhibition is the last in the series mounted as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded project, “Sheffield Treasures: Celebrating 200 Years of Excellence in Cutlery Making”.

Free Entry | Please Donate

Opening Times

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

We’re unable to run the River Don Engine on Sun 23 Jun due to a leak on the condensation pipe. We’re sorry if you were hoping to see it in action, our Historic Engineering team are working on the problem and we’ll have it back in steam as soon as possible.

The Upper Transport Gallery and Simplex Car display will be closed for events on Sat 15, Sat 22 & Sat 29 Jun.

Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street


S3 8RY

The Story of Pen and Pocket Knives

Hawley Tool Collection

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