Roots and Futures Trail


This trail at Kelham Island Museum accompanies a digital exhibition by participants in the Roots and Future project. The trail provides some historical information on the places, people, community, and the industry of Kelham Island, Neepsend, Netherthorpe and Upperthorpe.

Kelham Island has been a centre of metalwork for nearly four centuries, making it one of the oldest industrial sites in Sheffield. There is nowhere more appropriate to discover the people, processes and power that went into establishing Sheffield as an industrial city.

Follow the trail through the museum to experience the atmosphere of Sheffield’s industrial past. Click on the QR codes to reveal the Roots and Future online exhibition and encounter how both the past and present share the same space.

Find out more about the project here:


Roots and Futures is a collaborative investigation of heritage and place linking staff n the Department of Archaeology with Kelham Island Museum and Sheffield-based community groups Zest and KINCA. The project’s aim is to use co-production methods to create new understandings of  Sheffield’s built and buried heritage. Focusing on the industrial areas of Kelham Island, Neepsend, Upperthorpe and Netherthorpe, the project engages members of local communities in a collaborative exploration of shared heritage, focusing on generating new knowledge and reflecting on what aspects of the archaeology and history of these areas are important and meaningful to communities today.