Ken Hawley is 'The Collector'. For over fifty years he has been collecting the tools, the 'tools that made the tools', catalogues, photographs and information connected with the Sheffield tool, cutlery and silversmithing industries. During his working life, including thirty years selling tools in his own shop in Sheffield, he has acquired an unrivalled knowledge about Sheffield's industrial heritage.
It is Ken Hawley's wish that the Hawley Collection stays in Sheffield to provide exhibitions, displays and information for the people of Sheffield and visitors to the city. He sees the Collection as a tribute to the craftsmanship, skills and excellence displayed over the centuries by Sheffield firms and workpeople.