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What is The Kirkaldy Testing Museum

A museum which preserves a unique Victorian Materials Testing Machine in working order in the premises built to house it.

It tells the story of the Kirkaldy family who ran the business for almost 100 years and the wider history of materials testing.

Next Regular Opening

Saturday 3rd May and Sunday 4th May between 10.00am-4.00pm.

*** Extra opening on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend ***

There will be guided tours at 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 15.00 and the tour takes about 1 hour.

If you are bringing a group of 10 or more on a normal opening day please send us an email with the time. We can then give you priority and avoid congestion.

Unfortunately on the 6th April most of our visitors turned up between 10 and 11 am. The one at 11 am is not the only tour of the day. If we get too many visitors at once we will have to ask people to wait outside.

For more information about how to get to the museum and entrance details, please go to the visiting page.

Group visits are possible at other times. At the moment we cannot take any bookings after the 24th June so any requests for visits before then will be dependent on the availability of volunteer guides.

For any inquiries regarding visiting please contact us at


There may only be a few more openings, Due to expiry of Lease unless the situation is resolved the museum will have to close in June.

A good day on the 6th April with 75 visitors. Kirkaldy's machine was only operated once for visitors at around 11am because that was when nearly everyone came.

Help the Museum

The museum is a registered charity (No. 297557) and receives no funding other than from visitors. Help preserve this amazing piece of our Victorian past for future generations.

All donations are gratefully received.


The museum is run entirely volunteers. but we desperately need more help. At present we can only open one Sunday per month. More people to help means opening on more days and hence more visitor income. Please go to the volunteering page.

Last Update: 6 April 2014