22nd February 14
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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."
10th December 13
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
12th November 13
It's back - our exciting online competition asking you to spot our splendid cranberry ‘Top Hat', the icon of our 21st Victorian Christmas Market.
The brightly coloured Top Hat will be worn proudly at the Christmas Market on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December but in the run up to the festivities it will also be the focus of an exciting social media campaign giving you the chance to win a FREE family ticket to the event.
The Top Hat will be photographed in and around Sheffield, in places of cultural interest and resting proudly on the head of some famous faces. The photographs of the Top Hat can be viewed via twitter @KelhamIsland and facebook.com/KelhamIslandMuseum with details on our website www.simt.co.uk of how we'll invite you to guess the location of the hat. Make sure you follow us on facebook and twitter for extra little clues and helpful hints about the location.
The ‘Spot the Top Hat' competition can be entered online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, registering to our website with your answer or posting on facebook or twitter. Fans that correctly guess the location of the Top Hat will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win tickets.
Normal SIMT Terms and Conditions apply. All correct entries will be entered into our prize draw to win one of ten family passes. Closing date is Monday 25 November 2013. Online winners will be notified by email on how to claim their prize. Entries will also be accepted by post, please send you answer along with your contact details to Events Dept, Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY to arrive no later than the stated closing date.
Market admission Adults £6 | Accompanied Children FREE
Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust are inviting tender applications for the creation of an introductory film for visitors to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet incorporating archive material, present day footage, animation and enhanced reality (CGI).
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, known historically as the Abbeydale Works, was built over a long period of time for the manufacture of edge tools. The earliest reference, from 1676, describes the site as cutlery grinding shop. By 1714 it was established as an agricultural edge tool manufactory. The buildings you see today date from between 1785 and 1842.
By the beginning of the nineteenth century the site was one of the largest on Sheffield's rivers, and a highly successful business in scythes, sickles, hay knives and other agricultural tools had developed. The Works closed down in 1933, although it reopened to play an important role in steel manufacturing during the Second World War. The site was restored in the late 1960s and first opened to the public as a museum in 1970.
Budget: up to £16,000 (incl. VAT)
Delivery: content finalised and available for use in print, audio guides and other interpretation by 30 November 2013; finished film installed and working by end February 2014.
The 3-5 minute film will need to include an overview of the Hamlet and its history, including its life as a museum since 1970, but the heart of the story is the process of scythe making because we need to help people understand the original purpose of the vacant, silent workshops they are seeing:
• The crucible shop
• The pot shop where the crucibles are made
• Charge room where the ingredients for crucible steel are weighed out
• Crucible furnace where the mixture is melted
• Teeming bay where the ingots are poured
The ingots are sent down the road to a rolling mill then brought back to:
• The tilt hammer forge where the steel is shaped into Crown scythes
• Boring shop where stiffeners are fitted to Patent riveted scythes
• Grinding hull where the edge was put on the blades, and finally
• Blacking shop where the blades are rust-proofed and packed for shipping off to have handles fitted.
Story line development:
• Draft story line will be provided by SIMT
• The contractor will work collaboratively with the Abbeydale interpretation team to refine the content and story line and story board the film
• Sign off of final story line, script and story board rests with SIMT
• SIMT resources include historic images of the site and working processes, other archive materials, Interpretation Plan and
Conservation Plan: access to SIMT staff to discuss the history and purpose of the site
• The contractor will have access to the historic site for filming by arrangement with SIMT.
• The film will feature the dam and water wheels as well as buildings/rooms on site that add to the story, such as the forges, the cart shed, coach house, counting house (where the accounts were done and wages paid), the workers' cottages and the master's house
• It will include named people who owned and lived on the site as well as the people involved in setting up and maintaining the museum
• Animation of the people populating the works can be generic mid-19th century workers
• There must be a voice over, subtitles and BSL.
• The film will be presented on a single screen with two separate hardware set ups (Introductory Gallery and Learning Centre). It will also be available through other channels (online, tablets etc.)
• The content must be multi-purpose (available on screen in the introductory gallery, for pre- or post-visit view on website, download to smart phone or tablet, and with high quality stills for printed material - map, leaflet, promotion etc.)
• Finished content must be usable on agreed hardware, which is likely to include multiple platforms. Contractor will advise on hardware and be responsible for installing the film on agreed platforms
• Stills should be provided as TIFF with editable outputs in Microsoft compatible formats and SIMT having full rights on the design files.
Tenders: should include concept and project process with timetable and a detailed budget.
To tender please submit a response to the brief, setting out:
• Who will do the work
• How it will be done
• The names and CVs of proposed team members and their specific responsibilities and any arrangements for subcontracting parts of the work
• The cost of the work, including a resource plan showing the breakdown of chargeable hours between individuals and project stages
• A timetable for the project, including milestones and dates
• The extent of professional insurance or indemnity cover
• Examples of relevant previous work
• At least two referees
The successful contractor will be selected on the basis of:
• Relevant skills and experience
• Understanding of the brief
• Creativity of concept and quality of project process
Deadline for applications is 30 September 2013. Interviews will be held in the week of 7 October.
Tenders can be submitted electronically or in hard copy.
For more information and to submit your tender please contact:
Learning Services Manager
Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
Kelham Island Museum
Direct Dial: 0114 2013511
Reception: 0114 2722106