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National Science and Engineering Week

Science Sundays | Kelham Island Museum 

Tribology: the science of friction & lubrication

Sunday 17 March | Drop in sessions 11am - 4pm | Families

Ever wondered why we oil machinery? Why don't we need to grease our elbows?

How can paper stick without glue? Why do our hands get hot when we rub them together?

Meet tribologist Liam Chisman and find out the answers during Science Sundays!


Stainless Steel Centenary

Sunday 17 & Sunday 24 March | Families

We're celebrating 100 Years of Stainless Steel and the story of scientist Harry Brearley, the man behind the discovery.

Our interactive family activities will reveal the secrets of Brearley's experiments and his revolutionary discovery.

Stainless 2013 Logo

The Story of Ironie by Harry Brearley

Sunday 24 March | 12.30pm & 2.30pm*

Ironie is a children's story written and illustrated by Harry Brearley. The original manuscript is held here in the SIMT collection and is a unique example of Brearley's desire to explain his scientific discovery to young people.

Storyteller and puppeteer Emily Capstick will bring Brearley's story to life for young audiences through an interactive storytelling puppet workshop.

*Places are limited - book your place at our admissions desk or call 0114 272 2106


More to do during National Science & Engineering Week ...


Top Gear 1920's

Monday 18 - Thursday 21 March | Adults (16+)

The innovation of the Simplex car - Sheffield's rival to the Rolls Royce!

Demonstration & talk by Technical Services Manager, Eddy Foster.

Eddy Foster Kelham Island Museum

Places are limited so advance booking is essential on 0114 2010613 or education@simt.co.uk


Melting Shop Children's Play Area

18 - 21 March

The Melting Shop Childrens Play Area

Younger's can physically explore how Sheffielders made, shaped and used steel. The Melting Shop interactive helps children make sense of the steel making process.

Suitable for ages up to 9yrs. Height restrictions apply.

The River Don Engine

The 12,000 horse power River Don Engine is the most powerful working steam engine remaining in Europe. It was built by Davy Brothers of Sheffield in 1905 to drive Charles Cammell's armour plate rolling mill located at his Grimesthorpe Works. 

River Don Engine

See the River Don Engine in steam: Monday - Thursday: 12pm and 2pm & Sunday: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm


Normal Museum admission applies to Science Sundays and National Science and Engineering Week activities.