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Sheffield’s industrial role in World War I on display

An exhibition at Kelham Island museum running in conjunction with the centenary anniversary of World War I.

An exhibition at Kelham Island museum running in conjunction with the centenary anniversary of World War I.

 

Sheffield’s role in the First World War is under the spotlight at two new exhibitions.

Kelham Island Museum is marking the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict with displays that will run until July 31 next year.

They will look at the contribution of industry in the city to the war effort.

‘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’ will showcase objects and documents which tell the story the city’s industry, innovation and workers.

Trust chief executive John Hamshere said the ‘War Work’ exhibition explores the armaments industry and the its legacy in the science, innovation and development of materials and processes.”

More than 60 pieces from the city’s industrial collection is being displayed, including a sword, bayonet and helmet and personal items from workers involved in making wartime products.

‘Taking Life and Saving Life’ in The Hawley Gallery at Kelham Island Museum features swords and bayonets made from Sheffield steel and measuring instruments used for the production of artillery and naval guns, as well as medical instruments.

 

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