Duke pulls first pint at industrial museum

HRH The Duke of Gloucester pulls a pint in The Millowners Arms, at Kelham Island Museum.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester pulls a pint in The Millowners Arms, at Kelham Island Museum.

It fell to royalty to pull the first pint at a new pub display at Kelham Island Museum.

The Duke of Gloucester officially opened The Millowners Arms, which is primarily a museum exhibit explaining Sheffield’s great brewing history, but which can serve as a real pub for public and private events, including weddings and conferences.

“It’s entirely fitting that Kelham Island Museum should have a fully working pub display as pubs played a key role in the story of Sheffield’s industrial past,” said John Hamshere, chief executive at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust.

“Pubs were central to the lives of steelworkers. When shifts finished workers often retired to the pub and even wages were paid in the pub.

“The opening of The Millowners Arms takes us a step closer to revealing a more complete picture of the lives of steelworkers in Sheffield.”

The name reflects the financial backing of the River Don Millowners Association, and the duke also dedicated the opening of The Millowners Conservation Centre at the museum.

Earlier yesterday (Wednesday) the Duke of Gloucester officially opened the region’s first University Technical College, in Matilda Street.

Ninety two guests attended the ceremony including civic leaders, employers, schools, and the organisations which helped to get the UTC Sheffield off the ground, including The Sheffield College, Chamber of Commerce and Sheffield Hallam University.

More than 200 students are now studying at the £9.9m development, which specialises in training young people in either creative and digital media, or advanced engineering and manufacturing, as well as teaching traditional academic qualifications including GCSEs and A-levels.

Student Daniel Kay, aged 16, who is studying advanced engineering and manufacturing, demonstrated how to make test parts on a computer numerical control lathe.

Daniel, who wants to go onto a higher level apprenticeship or university, said: “It was a great experience. His Royal Highness asked me whether I had programmed the machine software. I explained that my teacher had helped me, and I demonstrated how to test the parts.”

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, the educational charity that gives children an authentic taste of the countryside, has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The accolade - the highest to volunteer groups in the UK - was presented to the trust at the Cutlers’ Hall by the Lord-Lieutenant, David Moody, who is the Queen’s representative in the region.

From a handful of volunteers eight years ago, the farm now has 120 regulars, aged from 16 to over 70, who help provide children, young people and families with hands-on experiences of a working farm.

Tony Pedder, chair of the trustees and Master Cutler, said it was recognition of their “fantastic contribution of time, energy and enthusiasm.

“Without our army of willing helpers, the charity would really struggle and we are indebted to each and every one of them. They are the cornerstone of Whirlow Hall Farm.”

The volunteers lead farm tours, drive minibuses, manage horticulture projects, do maintenance, help care for the animals and carry out administrative and promotional duties.