Name on a Knife Blade

Our project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (HLF):

Name on a Knife Blade: Sharpening Links between Sheffield Cutlery and Sheffield Communities

is underway - bookmark this page to keep up to date with the latest news!

Did you or a member of your family work as a cutler or for a Sheffield cutlery manufacturer?

Do you have any memorabilia (photographs, letters etc.) or table knives from Sheffield cultery companies that you could show us or donate to us?

Fill in the card below, or contact us. (It may be necessary to open the card in Adobe Acrobat or Internet Explorer in order to complete and return it to us.)

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Talks and Events


We are sorry to have to announce that the Open Day below, due to take place on Sunday, 19th April, has now been postponed as the Museum has been closed until further notice.  We will re-schedule the event for later in the year so please keep checking this page for further updates.

Open Day - Sunday, 19th April - Launch of Digital Knife Archive - 11.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. at Kelham Island Museum

On Sunday, 19th April we will launch our digital knife archive being compiled for the project.  We still have a lot of information to add but we are excited to be able to start sharing the archive with the public.

There will be an official launch at 11.30 a.m. by Geoff Tweedale, author of ‘Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers 1743-2013’. Visitors will be able to access the knife archive using two touchscreens, as well as online at

There will also be an exhibition of early table knives recently acquired by the Hawley Collection and members of the Sheffield Family History Society will be on hand to give advice on researching family history.

If you have any memorabilia about Sheffield cutlers or cutlery companies which you could share with us or donate to us, we would love to see it.Come down and investigate the archive, find out if you have your ‘name on a knife blade’!

Admission is free to the event and the museum if booked in advance.  You can book through our Contact page, Eventbrite - Hawley Collection, Facebook Group - Name on a Knife Blade, email: or by phone: 0114 2010770.


Come along to one of our free talks* highlighting different cutlery companies, aspects of cutlery, catalogues etc. These take place at Kelham Island Museum at 1.30 p.m.:

Wednesday, 6th May 2020 The Development of Stainless Steel

A talk and handling session focusing on stainless steel for table knives

Geoff Preece

Wednesday, 8th July 2020 Mappin & Webb

Explore this company's history

Jean Thornton

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 - Pinder, Price and Potter

A closer look at these Sheffield companies

Nick Duggan

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 - Rodgers and Richards

Joseph Rodgers was one of the largest Sheffield manufacturers of table knives

Doug Hindmarch

*Normal admission charges will apply if you wish to visit the museum before the talk.


Project Overview

The project focus is to link the Hawley Trust`s unique collection of over 1,500 stainless steel knives, made by over 800 different makers, with Sheffield families that bear the surnames marked on them (and other employees of the cutlers).  The project started on 1st March 2019 and runs until September 2021.
Twelve exhibitions will be held, each with a talk and a presentation of a different selection of the table knife collection.

It was officially launched last Wednesday, 10th July 2019 by the Senior Warden of the Cutlers' Company of Hallamshire, Nick Williams, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Professor Jaydip Ray.


The main aim is to create an interactive Digital Knife Archive, allowing direct and on-line access to photographs of the knives in the Collection as well as information on the history of the cutlers that made them.

We are doing this now to ensure that we capture the legacy of objects, ephemera and memories of the hundreds of cutlers that closed down in Sheffield between the 1930s and 1970s, before these things disappear forever. We hope that local people of all ages will get involved and help us link their surnames and their families to the cutlers' names that are still well represented in Sheffield (and further afield).

There will be a series of exhibitions, Open Days and talks that we hope will allow the maximum number of people in the local area to get involved. The information captured from these people will be preserved for posterity and will be added to our already internationally-significant Collection as part of Sheffield's heritage.

New volunteers are joining our existing team to help deliver this exciting project.

Commenting on the award from the HLF, Nick Duggan, the volunteer who led on the bid, said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are pleased to celebrate the rich Heritage of the Collector Ken Hawley and the Steel City`s Cutlery legacy.”