Exhibition marks bright idea in steel city 100 years ago

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AN exhibition celebrating the centenary of stainless steel and the man who invented it opens today in the Yorkshire city which is synonymous with the metal around the world.

Harry Brearley is credited with making the first stainless steel in his home city of Sheffield in 1913, and this year a series of events will be held to mark the achievement.

One of the venues taking part is the Kelham Island Museum which hosts two exhibitions Rustless: The Harry Brearley Story and Stay Bright – Keep Bright: The Impact of Stainless Steel on Everyday Life.

The museum’s chief executive John Hamshere said a room had also been named in honour of Brearley and many of the exhibits had been set up there.

He added: “The event will showcase objects and documents from the museum collections that explore the science, innovation and industry of stainless steel as well as giving visitors a real insight into how a Sheffield ‘lad’ changed the world.

“It is important for Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust to pay tribute to the city’s achievements and we think Harry Brearley deserves a special focus.

“His legacy can be seen in the science and innovation that still takes place in Sheffield. We hope this exhibition will inspire future generations to continue the tradition.”