Hawley Collection, Kelham Island Museum
The Hawley Collection is an internationally important material record of edge tools, tool making , cutlery manufacture and silversmithing, mainly from Sheffield. The Collection represents over fifty years of Ken Hawley’s dedicated, perseverance in collecting tools and ephemera, and his unrivalled knowledge of Sheffield’s proud industrial heritage. Mr Hawley envisaged the Collection as a lasting tribute to the craftsmanship, skills and excellence displayed over the centuries by Sheffield firms and workpeople.
The Hawley Gallery at Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield opened in 2010 as the first permanent display space for the Collection, in a restored gallery adjoining the Kelham Island Museum. The gallery comprises a secure storage area, research space for the Ken HawleyTrust, volunteers and researchers, an ‘open store’ element, temporary exhibition area and facilities for community display. The permanent displays support the collection objects in telling the tale of Sheffield manufacturing, with eye-catching graphics, film and interactives.
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