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Our exciting three year £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund project to restore the Hamlet is underway with a new multi-media gallery and Learning Centre with museum shop and cafe opening Sunday 6 April 2014.

NEW Learning Centre, Cafe and Museum Shop

Make your first stop at the Hamlet our new fully accessible Learning Centre, a meeting place for both visitors and groups.

With our cafe serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments, it's also a place to relax and admire the heritage site and see the craftspeople at work in our new onsite workshops.

All About Abbeydale

Experience Abbeydale as never before. Our new gallery, 'All About Abbeydale', reveals the story behind the works, it's people and their working lives through film and a multi-sensory timeline to help explore the site around you.

Catch a glimpse of everyday life at home and at work in our newly displayed houses and workshops or get hands on with history in 'The Works'.

Restoration Work

Follow the repair of the machinery and the waterwheels as our restoration work continues all year round.

What's On

There's more for everyone to enjoy together as a family or friend of the Hamlet!

Easter Sunday | 20 April - Family Easter Egg Trail Fun

Open Day | Sat 10 & Sun 11 May - Traditional Crafts and Skills showcase

Find more events


For information on all community activties or volunteering at the Hamlet please contact abbeydaleworks@simt.co.uk 0114 236 77310114 236 7731 | 07914 69719007914 697190

Opening and Admission

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is now open all year round.

Opening times and Admission prices


The Big Melt

To celebrate the new release of the BFI DVD of THE BIG MELT, a film on Sheffield's steelworks and Britain's industrial past with a soundtrack by Jarvis Cocker, we are asking you to post your best 'Sheffield Steel' pictures on our social media pages.

@KelhamIsland and facebook.com/KelhamIslandMuseum

We have one copy of the DVD to give away to the sender of our favourite picture - courtesy of British Film Institute.

Simply post your picture on our facebook or twitter page using #TBMComp or email it to us at events@simt.co.uk

To help inspire you - see an extract from the film here

Competition closes : Thursday 10th April 2014.

Nomal SIMT terms and conditions apply. The winner will be notified by email on how to claim their prize.


You may experience difficulty contacting us directly by email or via ask@simt.co.uk over the next few days.

We are hoping to resolve this problem as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience.

We can still be contacted directly by phone and via the main museum number 0114 272 21060114 272 2106.

Thank you.


Ken Hawley Collection Trust gains Heritage Lottery Fund support to improve knowledge of Sheffield's unique tool making and cutlery industry.

The Ken Hawley Collection Trust has received £83,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project ‘Sheffield Craft That Built The World - Capturing and Sustaining Knowledge For Future Generations' centred on the Hawley Collection housed at Kelham Island Museum.

Over a period of three years the recently appointed Project Officer will work with founding collector Ken Hawley to gather knowledge on the processes of manufacture within six areas of cutlery and tool making and both existing and new volunteer curators will be trained to improve and sustain access to this knowledge into the future.

The project will enable local, national and international audiences to discover and explore the unique skills used in the making of tools and cutlery, many of which have totally died out, whilst others are only practised by a small handful of craftsmen. Volunteer curators will in turn develop their skills and knowledge to share this with the local community through temporary exhibitions, family learning days, handling sessions, talks and tours in the Hawley Gallery and through the collection's website.

The internationally acclaimed Hawley Collection comprises over 100,000 objects that tell the story of tool making, cutlery manufacture and silversmithing through objects, archives, photographs and audio-visual material. This collection is recognised as being of national importance and is unique in that it combines finished artefacts and work in progress to illustrate how things were made and records the development of Sheffield's manufacturing processes, products and companies, as well as demonstrating the skills of the workpeople involved.

Keith Crawshaw, Chair of the Ken Hawley Collection Trust was delighted that the grant had been awarded saying, "Some of the knowledge held by Ken is vital in understanding Sheffield's tool making past. This project will allow us to record that knowledge and make sense of the artefacts we have in the collection. The project will also help ensure that this knowledge is made more accessible for future generations through trained, dedicated volunteer curators. "

Fiona Spiers, Regional Manager for the Heritage Lottery Fund said "This internationally significant collection forms an important part of our industrial heritage. I am delighted that this award will document the lost skills of the tool and cutlery industry and ensure this unique collection is fully understood for future generations to appreciate and learn about."

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Victorian Christmas Market Kelham Island Museum 2013

Merry Christmas and a big thank you to all our visitors, stallholders, performers, volunteers and staff alike for another record breaking Victorian Christmas Market!

Visit our Facebook Page for more amazing images of this magical weekend.

Congratulations to our competition and prize draw winners.

Christmas Hamper Prize Draw Winners

1st: Scott Thompson from Sheffield
2nd: Barbara Shepherd from Sheffield
3rd: Margaret Frost from Chesterfield

Spot the Red Top Hat Competition Winners

Jenny Raynes

Paul May


Karen Froggatt

Alex Goodyear

Kirsten Wylde

Laura Clegg

Sarah Thacker

Sarah Baines

Danny Thompson




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