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.
Sunday 5th January between 10.00am-4.00pm.
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 but please give us at least 3 months notice.
For any inquiries regarding visiting please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1st December David Kirkaldy featured in the BBC program "Britain and the Sea" (Iplayer link) Unfortunately no mention by David Dimbleby of the fact that he went on to become a pioneer of materials testing. Also the name is not pronounced like the town in Fife. It should be "Kir kal dy" Not Kir cuddy.
November: Visits by groups from the Wandsworth Historical Society and London Appreciation Society.
20th October: Merge Arts Festival 2013 has now finished www.mergefestival.co.uk
Between 10th and 20th October we had James Capper as artist in residence. Each day one of his metal sculptures was stretched in the big machine. Our involvement was a great success and brought many people into the museum. It has given us valuable publicity and local presence.
We would like to thank Caroline Jones at Illuminate Productions for all her hard work in organising the festival. The website www.illuminateproductions.co.uk appears to be inactive.
26th September: Concert by OSCILLATORIAL BINNAGE "Music at Breaking Point" was a success. Watch a video
21st September: London Open House: A good day with around 300 visitors. Some pictures here
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: 1 December 2013