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James Capper objects at KTM
Part of Merge Festival 2013

three objects smallThree prototype objects after treatment in the machine
wiggles 1One pulled during the arts festival
wiggles 2Another pulled
BrokenThis one broke when pulled

A happy group of visitors

Wansdsworth Historical SocietyA group from the Wandsworth Historical Society 3rd Nov 2013

News archive about museum activities

22nd September 2018: London Open House. We were back having not taken part since 2014. A photo of the testing machine was used to introduce an article on the Year of Engineering in the Open House guidebook. On the day the museum had over 250 visitors with many who said they would come back to see the machine in operation on our regular Sunday openings.

31st May 2017: Evening opening for London History day. We had around 25 visitors and did a machine run.

May 2017: As part of the MERGE Festival a very special theatrical event 'Museum of Fractures by Sammy Kissin' was held at Kirkaldys from 17th to the 21st May 2017. See the MERGE website for details.

April 2017: Museum ground floor ceiling reboarded and painted. Ground floor displays reorganised.

20th November 2016: Some Work to upgrade the fire protection facilities was done by a construction company, Laing O'Rourke. We thank them for their contribution to the future of the museum.

16th July 2016: The museum opened as part of the Festival of Archaeology with GLIAS having a bookstall. There were a number of visitors but as far as we could tell they were just people who were passing rather than anyone who had come because of the festival advertising.

15th June 2016: The BBC TV programme on Karl Marx was shown on BBC4. The museum was used as a background location at about 20 min in, with symbolic work being done by two of the volunteers in a Victorian setting. Note that there is no known historical connection between the Kirkaldy Testing Works and Karl Marx.

5th March 2016: We have held the first training session for 6 new volunteers.

5th December 2015: The Museum is used as a background location for a section of the recording of a BBC TV programme on Karl Marx.

28th November 2015: We have a new lease so are secure until June 2024.

October 2015: Merge Arts Festival. The museum hosted a specially created artwork 'Chain Reaction' by TROPE. There were well over 1000 visitors in the 4 weeks with more than 150 on the final day.

7th June 2015: The highlight today was a visit by members of the Ordinary Bicycle Club riding Victorian Penny Farthing type machines, and a rare early safety bicycle.
Some pictures here.

3rd May 2015: A big thankyou to GLIAS for opening the museum because the usual KTM crew were not available.

20th September 2014: London Open House day, lots of visitors as always.

June 2014: Listing upgraded to Grade 2* by English Heritage.

Kirkaldys is unique - there are no other preserved Victorian testing machines in their original building, in full working order and with all their original fittings.

June 2014: Piano Smashing - photos and link to the video.

October 2013: Merge Arts Festival. James Capper stretching objects - photos and link to the video.

26th September 2013: Concert by OSCILLATORIAL BINNAGE "Music at Breaking Point" Watch a video.