Charlesworth Transport Gallery

Charlesworth Transport Gallery

Showcasing some of the finest Sheffield-made vehicles of the 1920s, The Charlesworth Transport Gallery explores the story of transport in Sheffield and its essential part of our industrial history.

The development of factories and the "workshop of the world" was only possible as the transport network developed. Equally the development of the transport network was reliant on the technology of industry, particularly those in Sheffield.

Transport has played a vital role within Sheffield, both within its industries and for the city as a whole. As a major manufacturing centre, a good transport system was important to carry raw materials and goods in and out, as well as to transport workers and inhabitants around the city.

Sheffield has not only ‘used’ transport, it was a world manufacturer of parts, such as railway springs, buffers, axles, wheels, gear boxes and wagon wheels. Sheffield also produced whole vehicles such as railway carriages, bicycles, motorcycles, cars and lorries and jet engines between 1850s to the 1950s.

Additional items include architectural fragments from tram depots, name plates and railway wagon wheels and carts, models, a fragment of armoured plate from a warship. More recent collecting includes items which relate to Supertram, such as costume, tickets, advertisements, photographs and a sample of the tram track.

The main museum building itself was built as a power generating station in 1897 for the city's original tram system.

From the Charlesworth Transport Gallery you can see the Open Store and Conservation Workshop below.