Lunchtime Talk: Harry Brearley - The Man Behind the Discovery

When
Thursday 11 November 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Price
Free, donations welcome
How to book
Just turn up
Where
Weston Park
Theme
Talks and tours
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Harry Brearley

Harry Brearley (1871-1948) is best known as the Sheffielder who discovered Stainless Steel. This illustrated talk tells the more personal story of his life and family. His vivid autobiographies include the best descriptions known of growing up and learning in a Victorian Sheffield ‘slum’. School did little for him, yet he went on to become one of the most sought-after metallurgists in the city.

The family story can be traced from the back-to-backs of Sheffield’s Spital area (Burngreave), then to a modest cottage beside Totley Brook, on to Riga on the Baltic and return to Millhouses. At the time of the stainless discovery the Brearleys lived in the Chesterfield area, and finally Torquay. His work was always in Sheffield’s east end, at the heart of heavy steel.

Recent historical evidence shows that stainless steel was not the main source of his modest fortune. He found himself with wealth he felt he did not need. As a lifelong socialist, what should he do?

Join Robin Fielder, formerly of Kelham Island Industrial Museum, to hear more about the man behind stainless steel.

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When
Thursday 11 November 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Price
Free, donations welcome
How to book
Just turn up
Where
Weston Park
Theme
Talks and tours
Join & Support Us | Find out more about how you can get involved