The museum was opened in1982 so they could preserve & show old industrial machinery etc that had been used in the past or made in Sheffield.The museum stands on a man made island (hence the name)that is over 900 years old
They have a great transport collection which includes the 1920's sheffield simplex car,a charron laycock & a rolls royce jet engine.There are also displays of products made in sheffield (spanners,knives,toast racks,saws)
The 2,000 horse power river Don engine built by Davy brothers is housed here & is the most powerful steam working engine remaining & can still be seen steaming.Another great viewing here is of the grand slam bomb which is reckoned at being the heaviest in the world at 10 tonnes & they used to be carried by the lancaster bombers that were adapted to carry all the weight of these.
They also have the Bessemer converter which is one of only three left in the world
So here is a definate great exploring of the past day out & is only £4 for adults (accompanying children go free),they have a cafe,toilets,baby changing facilities,gift shop,parking & mobility access
The only warning here is don't touch unless you ask first as most of the items held here are very dangerous
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