Kelham Island is a reminder of Sheffield’s industrial era, which is now home to Kelham Island Museum, Kelham Island Brewery, as well as many other Sheffield businesses.
Kelham Island, now one of Sheffield’s designated Quarters was once an industrial area. The island was created by building a mill race which was fed from the river Don to serve water wheels which powered workshops in the area. On the site of Kelham Island sitting in pride of place is the largest surviving Bessemer Converter, paying homage to the steel production that Sheffield is so famous for. In 1982 Kelham Island Museum was opened, to celebrate and as a reminder of Sheffield’s steel making and industrial past. The museum houses reconstructed workshops from the city’s industrial hay-day.
As an adopted Sheffielder I have learned much about the industrial past of the area from the museum.