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Time TransPorters 2017

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Time Transporters at Shepherd Wheel

Local families were transported back in time 100 years when they enjoyed a day of living history and creative activities at Shepherd Wheel last week. The historic grinding workshop was opened specially for the day, so visitors young and old could meet and interact with historic characters ‘Lady Bingham’ and 'Harry the Grinder' and get involved in a range of hands-on activities.

27th July is the anniversary of John James Bingham’s birthday, and his widow was brought to life by SIMT Interactor and local storyteller Beth Guiver. Her character told visitors the story of how Bingham Park was gifted to the children of Sheffield by Bingham as a wedding anniversary gift, and they were invited to take a ‘carte de visite’ with her in the Georgian #ShepWheelSelfie booth.

Meanwhile, to the back of the Shepherd Wheel workshop SIMT interactor Chris Bullivant regaled visitors with stories of life as a Sheffield grinder in the Porter Valley, and invited young apprentices to try out on the model grinding ‘trow’.

Within the atmospheric water-powered workshop, the fire was roaring and Friends of Porter Valley volunteers Jack and Bob along with site engineer Keith Wall were on hand to share insight and stories of Shepherd Wheel’s fascinating past.

Children also showed their creativity by getting involved in some make and take activities – designing and etching their own maker’s marks, making rubbings of Sheffield brass plates and finishing their own Sheffield cutlery. Some of their wonderful work is shared below in our gallery, and I think you’ll agree there are some budding artists among the talented young visitors!

Don’t forget - There’s still time to enter your #ShepWheelSelfie for a chance to win a family ticket to the Kelham Island Museum 25th Victorian Christmas Market on the 2nd and 3rd of December – just upload your picture with the hashtag above, tagging @shepherdwheelPV by Friday August 25th to be entered in the prize draw.

The event was jointly funded and supported by Friends of Porter Valley and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust and shows a commitment to bringing fun and interactive learning opportunities to all members of the community, young and old.  For more information about the Community and Learning Team and the work they do across SIMT's three sites and beyond, or if you'd like to find out more about how to get involved, please visit our website:


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