What We Collect

Sheffield Museums Trust has a wide collecting remit covering the major manufacturing industries of the city.

We collect, preserve and interpret material relating to the people, products, manufacturing processes and histories of these industries.

Our main areas of collecting are:

  • metallurgical industries
  • iron and steel making
  • cutlery making
  • tool making
  • silver and holloware manufacture
  • mechanical and electrical engineering
  • scientific and technological research
  • manufacturing industries around Sheffield including the extraction of raw materials which support these industries

The type of material in the collections includes the machinery, tools and other items used in the processes above.

Material relating to the working environment such as safety clothing, and that relating to workers' organisational groups is also collected.

We also have documents, photographs, original art, commercial decorative art, merchandising and advertising material, and health and safety equipment relating to the industries and the products made.

The scope of collecting is restricted to items that relate to Sheffield's industries and range in date from the 1750s to the present. Items older than this will be collected where they relate to the early development of an industry or specifically to our museums and heritage sites.