The art collection managed by Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust is small but significant, as it provides an important insight into the places, people and processes relevant to the industrial heritage of Sheffield.
Each painting has a story to tell about the nature of working life for the people of the city of Sheffield. The diverse Collection consists of famous works, such as The Wealth of England, the Bessemer Process of Making Steel by William Holt Yates Titcomb, which captures the movement and drama of large-scale steel production, and more personal pieces such as Detail of a Steel Ladle by Mel G. Booth.
The portraits of the key players in Sheffield’s industrial life provide not only a personal connection, but also allow access to a social-historical understanding of the period. The views of buildings and places are instrumental in setting the contextual background for the stories of the technological changes that are part of the history of the city.
Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust manages the industrial collections on behalf of Sheffield City Council and operates Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. The collections cover the major manufacturing industries of Sheffield: the metallurgical industries, iron and steel-making, cutlery-making, tool-making, silver and hollow-ware manufacture, mechanical and electrical engineering, scientific and technological research, and other manufacturing industries around Sheffield, including the extraction of the raw materials which support these industries.
Alison Duce, Head of Curatorial Services
Text source: PCF / Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
This description was originally written for a catalogue.
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