Exhibition on working lives from a bygone era

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HISTORIC local industries such as cutlery-making and mining are the subject of a free one-day exhibition on Sunday, October 2, in Sheffield.

The event, organised by Bradfield Historical Society, is running from 11am to 4pm at Low Bradfield Village Hall, where visitors will be able to find out more about the area’s way of life in past centuries.

Examples of tools which workers would have used will be on show, together with old farming machinery and equipment, and there will also be an opportunity to look at old books and photographs.

A talk on gannister mining is also taking place at 2pm. The heat-resistant rock, dug from the ground by hand, was important in the early steel industry where it was used to make bricks that lined chimneys, furnaces and crucibles.

Collector Ken Hawley, who is bringing exhibits to the event, said: “Work used to be long and arduous, so we’re looking to give visitors an impression of the hazardous occupations and trades in which people worked.”