Forgemasters aid restoration

Sheffield Forgemasters are contributing to two major restoration projects to help to bring back Sheffield’s industrial heritage.

Bingham Park is set for a £1m restoration to preserve the original external appearances of buildings on the historical site. The Shepherd Wheel, situated in the park for 400 years and Sheffield’s oldest surviving water wheel, will be restored so visitors can see how it functions.

Sheffield Forgemasters will restore the internal machinery of the wheel by making an ingot of corrosion resistant corten steel, which will be forged to a slab later this year and then used to make new buckets for the wheel. Friends of Porter Valley, in collaboration with Sheffield City Council, will fund the restoration.

In a second project Kelham Island Industrial Museum, part of the Sheffield Industrial Museum Trust, is to be rebuilt following the devastating floods in June 2007.

The River Don Engine, a main attraction for the museum and the source of power for a plate rolling mill on the Forgemasters site until the 1970s, has been cleaned by four of its volunteer apprentices.

Chief executive Dr Honeyman said: ‘The museum provides a great insight into the history of the steel industry, which is obviously something very close to our heart at Forgemasters and the sooner it is open to public again the better.’