Cutlers’ doors to open for public

The Norfolk knife at the Cutlers Hall. Picture by Stephen Brooks
The Norfolk knife at the Cutlers Hall. Picture by Stephen Brooks
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It may be 400 years old, but Sheffielders’ love of the Cutlers’ Company shows no sign of waning - the next open day at the Cutlers’ Hall is expected to be the busiest yet.

Boasting traditions and treasures few other cities can match, the privately-owned hall on Church Street is set to throw open its famous stainless steel doors to the public at 10am on Saturday.

As the epicentre of the steel industry for centuries, it houses permanent collections of silver, paintings and cutlery which will be on display, as will the private rooms and public halls.

Members of the company and the archivist will be on hand to answer questions and a video of the Cutlers’ Company’s contribution to World War One will be screened throughout the day.

Master Cutler Tony Pedder said: “We are delighted to be opening our doors once again to the general public. Our open days have proved very popular - even last year when the bad weather caused much of the region to close down, hundreds of people travelled to the hall to enjoy what is part of their heritage.

“Among many wonderful items, the Cutlers’ Hall houses Harry Brearley’s first stainless steel knives, the magnificent 74-bladed Norfolk Knife for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and a piece of silver assayed in Sheffield for every year since the Assay Office opened in 1773.

“It also contains some items with interesting stories attached including panelling and electroliers similar to those on the Titanic - as they came off her sister ship the RMS Olympic.”

A giant turtle shell with a story will also be on display.

The final tour is at 2.30pm prior to the 4pm close. Parties of more than 10 should call in advance.