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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.


    The Christmas open day at Wortley Top Forge is on Sunday 10th December 2023, 10am to 4pm. The miniature railway will be running and you can visit Santa. More details on our Facebook page.

    The next meeting of the Society is on Monday 11th December, and is entitled “RAF Finningley in the Cold War” and is given by Roger Thomas. This is a joint meeting with The Newcomen Society, and is at Kelham Island. Please note that the meeting starts at 7 pm. This meeting is also available on-line (see the Events Page for details).
    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?The Society Council are planning the 2023 – 24 lecture programme 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!  If you have tried contacting the society through the webpages and not received any response, it is not because we are not here.  All the links […]

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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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