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 Kelham Island Museum:


4 March 2020                                                                                  


When Britain (Sheffield) Ruled the World or at least Afternoon Tea!

An opportunity to explore and handle a wide range of specialist  pieces of cutlery/flatware.

Come along and find out more about the profusion of cutlery and flatware used by the Victorians for afternoon tea and dinner.  This was a time when Sheffield was one of the main producers of cutlery, flatware and holloware.  There will be opportunities to handle a variety of items made in Sheffield.

Please note: If you wish to view the main museum galleries before the talk, normal admission fees will apply.


2020 Talks - More details to follow!

6 May 2020

The Development of Stainless Steel

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