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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 and access to their database on Sheffield knives is available via

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

Hawley Tool Collection

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