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 comlete and return it to us.)

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Talks and Events

Come along to one of our free talks* highlighting different cutlery companies, aspects of cutlery, catalogues etc. These will take place at Kelham Island Museum at 2.00 p.m.:

Thursday, 7th November  Touch Wood - Sheffield's Breadboard Makers

A talk and handling session investigating the fascinating history of Sheffield makers of breadboards with examples of Sheffield bread knives from the collection.

Madeleine Neave from the Antique Breadboard Museum, Putney, London with Nick Duggan

Wednesday, 13th November 2019 - Tools & Cutlery of Every Description

A talk and handling session delving into the trade catalogues of Sheffield manufacturers, a fascinating look into the history of Sheffield and a celebration of the catalogues
as artworks in themselves.

Doug Hindmarch

Wednesday, 8th January 2020 - A Short History of the Table Knife

Investigate the changes in fashion and function with examples from the Collection.

Judith Smith and Nick Duggan

Wednesday, 4th March 2020 - Cutlery Used for Afternoon Tea

Discover the wealth of cutlery produced for use for Afternoon Tea

Nick Duggan

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 Designs

Take a closer look at the company's designs for knives and other tableware

Jean Thornton


*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.


Aim


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.”