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    South Yorkshire Industrial history society
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Welcome to the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society

The Society is a charity which is constituted for the education and instruction of the public by the furtherance of the study, investigation, description and preservation of the historical and archaeological evidence of the trades which have been carried on in South Yorkshire from earliest times to the recent past.

We have lectures and visits, do archaeological and historical research and issue publications.
We have purchased and maintain historic industrial premises where we restore and display machinery or objects of archaeological or historical interest. Volunteers are always welcome.
We take an active involvement in the planning and conservation process in the areas of interest.

Membership of the Society is open to all.


    Our next event will be the  32nd Dr Kenneth Barraclough Memorial Lecture given by Viktor Macha. It is entitled The Beauty of Steel Project and takes place on Tuesday 26 March. Please note that this meeting is being held at the Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Hotel 5.30pm for 6:00 pm. This is a joint meeting with the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association and the Newcomen Society South Yorkshire.
    There will be a Spring Event at Wortley Top Forge to be held on Monday 6th May 2024. Open 10am – 4pm. Vintage vehicles including Sheffield Simplex cars will be present as well as the usual Sunday attractions. There will be visiting stationary engines on both Sunday 5th and Monday 6th. Free parking. Entrance fees for the public are: Adults £5, Children (5-16) £1, Children (under 5) Free.
    Our Winter lecture programme for 2023/4 can be viewed on the Events Page.. 

Lectures are open to all, but we appreciate a small donation from non-members.
The Events Page also has a copy of the Newcomen Society South Yorkshire Programme, which our members are welcome to attend.


         Please refer to the events page.

  • DO YOU WANT TO HELP?  We are currently coming towards the end of the 2023/24 lecture season and thoughts are turning towards 2024/25 which will start in November following the AGM in October. If you have attended any talks which fall under the heading industrial archaeology, industrial history, social history related to Sheffield and or South Yorkshire manufacturing and trades which you think would be of interest to members we would like to know.  Our aim is to develop a list of possible contacts for future talks and events. Do you know of any speakers, friends or colleagues who could share their knowledge and enthusiasm for industrial history? Are there Society members who are willing to speak on any relevant subject either from personal experience or research you may have carried out? Speaker details (name, address, telephone number, email) together with subject and a brief description of a talk can be forwarded to secretary@syihs.co.uk


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    These are the Society’s Jessop hammers at the entrance to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.


8 August


  This message is being updated regularly even if quite a few of the paragraphs remain the same. It would be good to be able to change them sometime!   This update is being done 4/2/24.  If you have tried contacting the society through the webpages and not received any response, it is not because we […]

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24 February


The picture shown above in the Marsden portal of the Standedge canal tunnel.  Recent news and updates appear on the President’s page. 

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10 March

Future Meetings

Dear SYIHS member The picture which appears above is Whirlow Wheel on the Limb Brook in Sheffield. Future meetings are now shown on the Events page. Ruth Tiddy Programme Secretary

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28 October

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