Metalwork Objects in Focus, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

About this resource

Welcome to an in-depth look at some of the objects housed in the Metalwork Gallery. You can read about how they were made and what they were used for, as well as finding out some fascinating facts.

The objects have been chosen because they are particularly interesting or individual. They are also of interest from a historical point of view and in this resource you can even hear a former tea maid sharing her memories!

Curriculum Links 

Can be used as a resource for:


KS3 Science:

Unit 9E: Reactions of metals and metal compounds
Section 1: Why are metals useful? 


KS3 Design and Technology:

Unit 09eii: Ensuring quality production. Focus: resistant materials


Also links to KS3 History by allowing students to explore objects from a historical point of view.


In addition, there are separate resources that include animations showing how some of the objects were made and used. These objects have been chosen because of their unique and interesting nature. To view these please follow the links below and click the 'Interactives' icon.

Metalwork Gallery, Sheffield, Animations: Turtle soup tureen

Metalwork Gallery, Sheffield, Animations: Pea knife

Metalwork Gallery, Sheffield, Animations: Moustache table spoon

Metalwork Gallery, Sheffield, Animations: Ear trumpet

Metalwork Gallery, Sheffield, Animations: Cigarette box


In the separate resource Metalwork in Sheffield, you can learn about the history of Sheffield's metalwork, read some interviews with metalworkers and watch short video clips of metalworkers in action.

You may also like to take a look at Contemporary metalwork in Sheffield - Living Metal 

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