As nations, communities and individuals come together to remember the outbreak of the First World War, Kelham Island Museum will pay its own tribute to the contribution of industry on the Sheffield Home Front with two new exhibitions.
War Work: Sheffield Industry and the First World War and Taking Life and Saving Life: Made in Sheffield and The War to End All Wars, 1914-1918, opening on Monday, will showcase objects and documents which tell the story of the city’s industry, innovation and workers.
Among more than 60 pieces from the city’s industrial collection in War Work are documents and artifacts from Sheffield’s pre-war armaments industry, including a section of armour plate and a Charles Cammell & Co catalogue from 1875 and Ministry of Munitions papers. Also on show will by artist Joseph Pennell’s Pictures of War Works in England, a sword, bayonet and helmet made in Sheffield for the British armed forces and allies, ledgers showing the research and development of armaments.
Framed works highlight Post-War issues including the employment of women and returning disabled soldiers and civilians to the workplace.
The Taking Life and Saving Life exhibition in the Hawley Gallery will showcase objects from the collection which reflect Sheffield’s role in the Great War. Both exhibitions run for a year.