E: ask@simt.co.uk | T: 0114 272 2106

Science Sundays: Tribology: the science of friction & lubrication | Sun 17 March

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

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

Family drop in sessions 11am - 4pm

Science Sundays: Stainless Steel Centenary | Sunday 17 & Sunday 24 March

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.

Science Sundays: 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.

*Please book your place in advance on 0114 272 2106 or at the admissions desk on the day as places are limited.


Eddy Foster Kelham Island Museum

Top Gear 1920s | Mon 18 - Thurs 21 March

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

Demonstration & talk by Technical Services Manager, Eddy Foster.

16 yrs+. Booking essential on 0114 272 2106 or ask@simt.co.uk

National Science and Engineering Week





Rustless: The Harry Brearley Story Stainless 2013

Rustless: The Harry Brearley Story | 1 April - 17 Nov

An interactive exhibition showcasing objects and documents from our collection.

Explore the science, innovation and industry of stainless steel and the life of the Sheffield 'lad' behind the discovery, Harry Brearley.

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Stay Bright Keep Bright Hawley Collection

Stay Bright Keep Bright: The impact of stainless steel on everyday life | 1 April - 31 Dec

This exhibition highlights the impact of Harry Brearley's discovery on everyday life. From the humble table knife to cutting edge surgical instruments, see 'before' and 'after' stainless products, alongside unique stainless pieces from the Hawley Collection.


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Museums at Night |Thurs 16 May

Join us for an evening of Song and Steelmaking as part of Museums at Night 2013 culture24.org.uk

Visitors can enjoy rare after hours tours of Kelham Island Museum, music and living history - meet Kellam Homer, the former Town Armourer who Kelham Island was named after.

Our two new exhibitions celebrating 100 Years of Stainless Steel will also be open and local choirs Tintagel Voices and Creative Edge will be performing a variety of songs including traditional English Folk Songs.

Visitors are invited to join us in song for a very special and fun filled performance - a mass duet with our star attraction, the colossal River Don Engine. This working steam engine once powered a rolling mill making armour plating for First World War battleships.

See images from the night on our Facebook page


Museums at Night




Sheffield Children's Festival | Sun 16 June

The Story of Ironie by Harry Brearley - an interactive puppet show for all the family

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Sheffield Children's Festival



Major Swing & Kitty Kelham Island Museum 1940s Weekend

4th 1940s Wartime Weekend & Vintage Fayre | Sat 20 & Sun 21 July

Celebrate Holidays at Home! Reminisce with 1940's live music & dancing, vehicles, living history displays and vintage stalls. Experience life on the home front!

NEW! Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance.

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Down by the Riverside

Down by the Riverside 7 | Sat 21 & Sun 22 Sept

Our Riverside Festival celebrates the alliance of people, waterpower and steelmaking to form Kelham Island!

Walks & talks, kayaking, live music, Kelham Island Brewery mini beer festival, Little Mesters River Roast BBQ and our first Sheffield, Made | Metal Market in conjunction with Galvanize Festival Sheffield.

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Off the Shelf | October

Local writers join us to add a Stainless finish to the festival


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Victorian Christmas Market Kelham Island Museum

21st Victorian Christmas Market | Sat 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec

A warm Dickensian welcome awaits at our biggest event of the year!

Join us for festive fun and shopping with over 100 stalls, traditional skills, fairground and Santa's Grotto with Reindeer!

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Science Sundays | March 2014

Interactive talks and family activities


National Science and Engineering Week