South Yorkshire Industrial History Society

The Society is a charity which investigates, describes and preserves the industrial history of South Yorkshire. It holds evening lectures at Kelham Island Museum between October and May and collaborates with other groups to hold other lectures in Sheffield as well as in Barnsley and Rotherham.  There are a series of events and visits during the summer. All lectures and events are available to the general public, and membership of the Society is open to all.

The Society owns four properties, all of which are recognised historical monuments of national and international importance.  Three are situated in Barnsley. The most important is Wortley Top Forge, the oldest surviving heavy iron forge in the world on its original site, powered by water wheels on the River Don, just north of Deepcar. The site’s history can be traced back to 1640.  Hoylandswaine Nail Forge is a 19th century nail forge which was in operation until the 1940s, and Rockley Furnace and Engine House, which date from 18th and 19th centuries. In Sheffield the Society owns Bower Spring Cementation Furnace, one of the last remnants of a building form that was common throughout the city. 

meetings take place at:-
Kelham Island Museum
off Alma Street
S3 8RY