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The Sykes Gallery: Metalwork Collection

Old Sheffield Plate Tea and coffee machine by Daniel Holy, Wilkinson & Company and Roberts, Cadman & Co., Sheffield, around 1798.

The Sykes Gallery: Metalwork Collection will be closed on Monday 12 - Friday 16 September as we add new displays to the gallery.

Museums Sheffield’s Metalwork Collection is one of the finest in the world. It contains the cutlery, flatware and tableware that have made Sheffield famous, as well as beautiful objects collected from every continent.

Throughout winter and spring 2015 the Metalwork Collection gallery has seen a massive transformation, providing a dazzling new showcase for the city’s Collection. Thanks to the introduction of flexible new display cases and lighting, the gallery space can now share more of the collection than ever with visitors. There are over 800 objects in the gallery, many of which are on display for the very first time.

The Collection comprises of some 13,000 items, thought to be the most extensive grouping of Sheffield-made cutlery, flatware (forks and spoons) and holloware (bowls, teapots, containers) in existence. The Collection was awarded Designated Status by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport in 1999 in recognition of its outstanding national and historical significance.

The new-look gallery also features a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and displays, the first of which will explore the theme of World Cutlery, displaying 5 different cutlery collections ranging from the pre-historic to the 20th century.

The Metalwork Collection gallery has been refurbished thanks to the support of the DCMS Wolfson Fund and a number of other trusts, foundations and organisations.

Discover more about some of the objects in the Metalwork Collection here

Find out more about Sheffield’s cutlery manufacturers and makers past and present on our new interactive cutlery map.