Your Visit

The Hawley Collection is housed in the Hawley Gallery and storage areas, just off the River Don Engine Room at Kelham Island Museum, and in other areas on the Museum site.

In the Hawley Gallery there are a number of permanent displays as well as an ever-changing series of temporary exhibitions allowing us to showcase a wide variety of items from the collection.  See our 'What's On' page for up to date information.

The saws in the collection can be seen in the 'Saw Shop' in the Little Mesters Street in the Museum.

The giant saw wall Separate areas investigating designing, making and selling of tools An A-Z of tools A representation of Ken Hawley’s original shop with a counter and store behind



There ia a Gallery guide for adults as well as trails, interactives, and games for younger visitors. A Guide to the Hawley Gallery and a map of the Museum can be downloaded before your visit - see below.

Brief guide.pdf Plan-of-Museum.pdf

Audio Guide

Top Ten Trails

Individuals and community groups were asked to choose their top ten objects or displays in the Hawley Gallery and Kelham Island Museum and these have been made into trails. You can follow in their footsteps on your next visit by downloading a copy here or picking one up in the Museum Entrance.

Opening Times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00 am–5.00 pm (4.00 p.m. Autumn/Winter)
Sundays  11.00 am–5.00 pm (4.00 p.m. Autumn/Winter)
Closed Saturdays

Open Mondays 10.00 am–5.00 pm during Sheffield school holidays


Access for all

The museum has recently installed automatic doors and level footpaths to aid visitors with mobility problems, as well as a tactile map for the visually impaired and a hearing loop at reception for the hearing impaired. Please see their website for more detailed access information:

Within the Hawley Gallery itself, the volunteer curators will offer any personal assistance that they can.  We can also provide:

For visually impaired visitors: a Braille and large print version of the Gallery Guide - a copy of this can be borrowed prior to your visit if wished. An audio guide is available to download above.

For hearing impaired visitors: transcripts of the voiceovers for the Gallery films.

If you would like to use any of these, please ask in the Research Room on the right as you enter the Gallery, or ring the bell on the door at the end of the saw wall for attention. If you have any other concerns before your visit please get in touch by telephone or email.

How to find Kelham Island Museum:


By Bus: Services 7,8, and 8a stop at Mowbray Street/Corporation Street; 3, 83, and 83a at Nursery Street/Spitalfields and 81, 82, 85, and 86 at Moorfields/Allen Street.

By Tram: We are a ten minute walk from Shalesmoor Tramstop or a fifteen minute walk from Castle Square Tramstop in the city centre.