Name on a Knife Blade: Talks Programme

Name on a Knife Blade Project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The project focus is to link the Ken Hawley Collection Trust`s unique collection of over 1,500 stainless steel knives, made by over 800 different makers, with Sheffield families that bear the surnames marked on them or who worked for Sheffield cutlery manufacturers.  The project started on 1st March 2019 and runs until September 2021.  Twelve exhibitions will be held, each with a talk and a presentation of a different selection of the table knife collection. The main aim is to create an interactive Digital Knife Archive, allowing direct and on-line access to photographs of the knives in the Collection as well as information on the history of the cutlers that made them.

We would love to hear from anyone who worked for a cutlery company or who has memorabilia or items from Sheffield companies that they can show us or might wish to donate to the Trust.  For more information: or email

Here are the first in a series of free talks scheduled throughout the project, each at 2pm at Kelham Island Museum:

18 September 2019

13 November 2019

8 January 2020

4 March 2020

6 May 2020

Butler the Cutler

Trade Catalogues for Cutlery and Tools

A Short History of the Table Knife

Cutlery for Afternoon Tea

The Development of Stainless Steel

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