New industrial heritage route to be launched in Sheffield

Kelham Island Museum
Kelham Island Museum

A new Yorkshire industrial heritage route is being launched in Sheffield today.

Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield, the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley, and the National Coal Mining Museum near Barnsley have all been recognised as anchor points on a new ‘European Route of Industrial Heritage’ called Makers, Miners and Money.

It is among 15 other such routes across Europe in places such as Germany and Spain.

To celebrate the newly announced heritage route, the Earl of Fitzwilliam’s 1913 Simplex car will make a journey today from its home at Kelham Island Museum back to the village of Elsecar.

The Earl’s ancestors developed the village of Elsecar as an industrial hub with collieries, two ironworks, a canal and industrial railway.

Dr John Tanner, project development manager at Barnsley Council, welcomed the decision to recognise Yorkshire’s important contribution to European industrial heritage.

He said: “Our ancestors helped fuel the expansion of the British Empire and the development of the modern world, and this new heritage route is an excellent opportunity to remind ourselves just how pivotal their discoveries were.”