Designed to Shine – 100 years of Stainless Steel

Razor, 1920s, J. J. Saville, Sheffield © Museums Sheffield
Saturday 16 February 2013 - Sunday 13 October 2013
In 1913, ‘rustless’ steel was discovered in the UK by Sheffield’s Harry Brearley. Over the following 100 years the production of stainless steel, in particular cutlery, reaffirmed Sheffield’s age-old reputation for quality metal wares.
 
Despite huge changes to the industry and loss of jobs,Sheffield remains an important centre for specialist steel production. This brand new exhibition explores a century of design and innovation, showcasing the diversity and quality of products made in stainless steel in Sheffield and beyond.
 
Showing in conjunction with Designed to Shine, Stainless Steel Cinema / Swarfhorse continues the stainless steel centenarary celebrations at the Millennium Gallery during summer 2013. 
 
Designed to Shine forms part of 100 Years of Stainless Steel, a year-long celebratory events programme commemorating this historic landmark and reaffirming the legacy of innovation which still exists in the city today. The celebrations have been brought together by a city-wide arts and heritage partnership including Marketing Sheffield, The Company of Cutlers, Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust and both Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield. Visit the 100 Years of Stainless Steel website
 
 
Read a recent posting on our blog about the research behind the exhibition here
 
 
Part of the Galvanize Sheffield Festival of Contemporary Metal


Designed to Shine 
is sponsored by the Freshgate Trust Foundation.
 
The 100 Years of Stainless Steel event programme is supported by The 100 Club, a unique initiative comprising businesses from across the region.
 
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