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“A steam engine that can crush steel”

Kelham Island Museum
Ranked #9 of 167 things to do in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence
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Sheffield
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“A steam engine that can crush steel”
Reviewed March 7, 2011

Kelham Island didn't have the biggest steam engine, but what it does have is the quickest reversing steam engine. This means they could rapidly roll a hot ten tonne block of steel back and forth through it until the steel was squashed to an inch thick ribbon. They don't do that commercially here any more, but the museum keeps the engine in working order and it's a hell of an impressive sight to see it at full blast.

The Museum is within 100 metres of the Kelham Island Tavern, the only pub to win CAMRA pub of the year twice on the run (2008 and 2009).

Visited June 2010
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“Excellent museum, however beware the buggy park”
Reviewed February 22, 2011

We were visiting Sheffield from East London this half term and had such a great time at the museum with our daughters. Our 4 year old was rapt with wonder at the recreations of the ice age and 16th century style cabinets of curiosities. Unfortunately on the way out she was less impressed that someone had blatantly swapped their crappy old scooter for her new one- a great lesson in opportunism for their kids I'm sure.

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“Excellent museum, showing Sheffields Industrial Past”
Reviewed October 25, 2010

This museum shows what this country has lost in skills during the last 40 years.
Skills which may be lost forever. Plenty of exhibits to interest everyone including a working stationary engine, that was made in Sheffield.
Facilities include a very reasonably priced cafe and shop.

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