The impressive Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield is holding an open day later this month to allow the public to view both the building and its contents.
Now used as a venue for meeting, presentations and events the Grade II Listed building is one of the very few livery halls outside the City of London. Built for the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, a building on the site was first constructed in 1638. The current Cutlers’ Hall was completed in 1832 at a total cost of £8,066 and was then extended in the 1880s.
The Company of Cutlers was established by an Act of Parliament in 1624 to oversee the production of cutlery in the Sheffield region and currently acts as a spokesman for the region’s manufacturing industries. Sheffield is of course renowned worldwide for the manufacture of quality cutlery.
On display will be the Norfolk Knife – a work of art designed to display the cutlers’ skills that was made for the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Norfolk Knife (pictured) took over two years to make and consists of over 70 blades.
The free open day takes place on Wednesday, February 15, during half term, so that children get a chance to see the Hall and its collections. The event runs from 10am to 4.30pm and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Wheelchair access will be arranged. Refreshments will also be available in a café, established for the day.