Gathering in Sheffield... to let off steam!

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IT was full steam ahead at the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet in Sheffield for an annual event which attracted hundreds of visitors.

The annual Steam Gathering – a two-day celebration of all things steam – marked the end of the summer season at the industrial hamlet, which has been awarded a £895,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to create a new heritage and learning centre.

Brothers Adam Joe-Greenwood, two, and Michael, 13, from Woodseats on a miniature Ruston and Proctor engine at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet Steam Gathering Festival

Brothers Adam Joe-Greenwood, two, and Michael, 13, from Woodseats on a miniature Ruston and Proctor engine at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet Steam Gathering Festival

Steam rollers, traction engines and road locomotives were among the attractions at the event.

Niki Connolly, events and marketing manager at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, said: “Our annual Steam Gathering event is one of the most popular events on the Abbeydale calendar.

“Steam has played a key role in Sheffield’s industrial heritage and is arguably the most important technology of the industrial revolution.

“We are passionate about Sheffield’s history and our events try to help people embrace it.

“The Steam Gathering rounds off what has been a fantastic series of family focused events this year.“

The Hamlet showcased traditional skills, with demonstrations of charcoal making, iron smelting and traditional forgework.

Actors in period costume entertained the crowds and offered guided tours of the hamlet bringing history back

to life.