PLB : The Hawley Collection, Kelham Island Museum- Creative design and consultancy for cultural and natural heritage

Exhibition Design and Fit-out for the Hawley Collection at (The) Kelham Island Museum

Client: Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust (SIMT) and the Ken Hawley Collection Trust (KHCT)
Location: Sheffield
Value: £166,000
Date: 2009-2010

The Brief:

  • To design and fit out a new exhibition gallery adjoining the Kelham Island Museum specially designated for the Hawley Collection, enabling the collection to be permanently displayed to the public for the first time.
  • The Hawley Collection comprises Sheffield made tools and cutlery, including tool-making tools, measuring instruments, trade catalogues and ephemera, company archives and audio-visual material, with a focus on the global impact of Sheffield's industry and workforce.

Our Solutions:

  • PLB worked in a hands-on partnership with the client team to select objects from the collection and develop interpretive themes to tell the story – not only of Sheffield’s great tool making heritage – but also of one man’s passion and persistence in saving these wonderful objects for future generations.

The Result:

  • The new gallery includes a secure storage area for the collection, research space for the Trust, volunteers and researchers, an ‘open store’ element, temporary exhibition area and facilities for community display. It was opened in early 2010.


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