A uniquely Sheffield celebration of one of the world’s most important discoveries is taking place at Kelham Island Museum.
Experts on the history and future of stainless steel, and its impact on the city where it was discovered, will be coming together for the first time as part of the Off The Shelf festival.
The event is free and open to all. It takes place at the museum from 6.30pm on Tuesday and will also give people the chance to take a look around the museum’s own centenary exhibition, Rustless: The Harry Brearley story.
The event is being hosted by past Master Cutler Neil MacDonald and The Star’s Nancy Fielder, who edited the book 1913-2013: 100 Years of Stainless Steel.
There will also be short talks from Derek Morton about the past and future of Portland Works; Stuart Green, on life in the steelworks of Attercliffe; and Kathleen Roberts, who met and worked briefly with the man who discovered stainless steel, Harry Brearley.
Eye-catching images of stainless steel, people who worked with it and its products will be displayed during the evening.
Nancy, who also edits The Star’s Retro supplement, described it as a chance for history lovers to find out more about the discovery, for former steelworkers to share memories or even bring items made from stainless steel.
Nancy said: “This really is a unique chance to hear the memories of people who have such different, yet connected stories to tell.
“It would be great if steelworkers, past and present, wanted to come along and swap stories.
“We will be looking to the past with plenty of old photos, but also highlighting the strengths of today’s industry and the future of stainless steel. We want it to be a celebration of Harry Brearley’s remarkable story but also the great pride that so many of us still feel in Sheffield.”
■ Signed copies of the anniversary book will be available to buy on the night.