The Diary: Shining a light on Harry’s discovery...

Harry Brearley
Harry Brearley
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...AND from one stainless steel exhibition to another...

The city’s flagship celebration of the centenary of Harry Brearley’s discovery begins next month – and organisers yesterday promised “metal and much more”.

The legacy of the breakthrough will be charted during a massive eight-month show at the city centre’s Millennium Gallery. The exhibition – announced fully this week – is one of dozens of events taking place across the city through 2013.

“This is about more than just steel,” says Chris Harvey, communications officer with the venue. “This is about Sheffield itself.”

That means it will feature some 100 pieces from the city’s metalwork collection, as well as several significant loans. There will be objects donated by Sheffielders chronicling our manufacturing history, and a portfolio of posters tracing how inspired marketing took stainless steel from niche innovation to household product.

And it will chart the life of Brearley, himself, a one-time bottle washer from Spital Hill.

‘This discovery had a profound legacy, both in Sheffield and beyond,” says Clare Starkie, curator of decorative art with the gallery. “We’re delighted to be celebrating the centenary.”

Designed to Shine: 100 Years of Stainless Steel runs February 16 to October 13.