Duke of Gloucester tours restoration progress at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust and chief executive John Hamshere and the Duke of Gloucester in the Counting House at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust and chief executive John Hamshere and the Duke of Gloucester in the Counting House at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
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The Duke of Gloucester visited Sheffield’s Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet to see how a grant is helping transform the site.

The hamlet, a former 18th century scythe making and crucible steel works in Beauchief, is undergoing conservation and restoration work aimed at developing its accessibility and learning potential after it received a grant of £942,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Duke began his tour in the newly-built learning centre, where he met with children from Dobcroft Infant School, Millhouses.

The venue is run by Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, whose chief executive John Hamshere escorted the royal party around, explaining about the history and the restoration aims.

John said: “It was a privilege to show the Duke the important work that’s being done here.

“He was genuinely interested in every aspect of the restoration project and asked many questions, most of which I could answer.

“However, some really tested the depth of my knowledge.

“I think he also enjoyed talking about the ceremonial swords Peter Gribbon, our last Little Mester on the site, was making.”