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A child wearing a medical facemask operating an interactive scale model of a hydraulic press alongside the real thing. A child wearing a medical facemask operating an interactive scale model of a hydraulic press alongside the real thing.

© Andy Brown

© Andy Brown

Bramah Press

Continuing Display

Kelham Island Museum

The Bramah Press is a hydraulic pressing machine made by Joseph Bramah and Co in London in the early 1800s.

 

Born in Barnsley, Bramah was a brilliant engineer and the hydraulic press is his most famous invention. Prior to his ground-breaking feat of engineering, most presses, used for flattening or compressing paper, were made of wood. He patented the hydraulic press in 1795 and the Bramah Press was first in use at the Tower of London in 1806.

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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

Sheffield

S3 8RY

A child wearing a medical facemask operating an interactive scale model of a hydraulic press alongside the real thing.

Bramah Press

© Andy Brown

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