Delve into history with craftsmen

Little Mester Stan Shaw at Kelham Island Museum, where he will be for the Galvanize festival.
Little Mester Stan Shaw at Kelham Island Museum, where he will be for the Galvanize festival.
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Age-old working methods will be celebrated this weekend as part of Sheffield’s Galvanize festival.

Little Mesters, the independent craftsmen responsible for the city’s reputation in cutlery, will keep tradition alive at Kelham Island Museum on Sunday.

There will be the chance to meet Stan Shaw and Pete Goss, two of the few remaining, modern-day Little Mesters, who produce products including penknives and surgical instruments sold all over the world.

On Saturday, Sheffield knifemaker Duncan Edwards will be displaying his folding pocket knives made using hand-forged Sheffield steel at the 16th-Century Shepherd Wheel in Whiteley Woods.

Visitors can see the restored waterwheel and machinery and hear stories about the grinders who worked at the site over the centuries from 10am until 4pm.

Meanwhile, the contemporary side of the festival will be on show at a Jewellery Day at Yorkshire Artspace, off Brown Street, from 11am on the same day.

Galvanize, part of the city’s celebrations marking the 100 th aniversary of the invention of stainless steel, takes place until Friday, May 31.