The Kirkaldy Testing Museum would like to record its gratitude to the following
individuals and organisations for their support

Association for Industrial Archaeology, The national organisation for people who share an interest in Britain's industrial past

Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society

The Institution of Civil Engineers

The Newcomen Society, The International Society for the History of Engineering and Technology

Some comments on why people think we are special

"This museum is the only one in the country, if not in the world, to publicly allow visitors to see this kind of equipment still working. Hugh went out of his way to see that the project was conducted safely and excitingly in the public eye on Kirkaldyís iconic testing rig. It was truly a one off opportunity and it upsets me that Iím the first and possibly last sculptor to be in residence at what I can only say is one of Londonís greatest and most iconic small museums."

James Capper


"For the Victorians, building bridges with new materials was the nanotechnology of its day but on a truly massive scale. Kirkaldy was at the heart of this revolution and the survival of his testing machine is a vital reminder to us today of the search for truth, even when it isnít always popular. Everyone with even the remotest interest in how bridges stand should come to Southwark and see for themselves!"

Dan Cruickshank
Historian and TV presenter


"Experiencing Kirkaldyís machine testing materials to destruction gives us direct, exciting contact with the pioneering ideas of this exceptional engineer. But it also offers new ways to explore ideas around art, science and innovation. Ensuring this museum has a sustainable future is essential if we are to inspire people from every background and discipline to continue asking these questions."

Dr Daniel Glaser
Director, Science Gallery London,
Kingís College London


"Not enough people know the story yet of Kirkaldy. Itís a direct link to the industrial past of Bankside, a clue to the importance of this area in forging new ideas and bringing them to the world. Tate Modern supports cultural creativity in all fields and we are lucky to be at the heart of a neighbourhood where innovation has flourished for centuries. Keeping the Kirkaldy Testing Museum intact and authentic is an important piece of the jigsaw."

Donald Hyslop
Head of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, Tate Modern and Chair Better Bankside

August 2014 opening - some reflections

Thank you to everyone who came to the Testing Works for our August opening - and for your encouraging words and offers of support for the future. It is inspiring to have the museum alive with visitors of all ages, sharing a fascination and wonder at the survival of the working Testing Machine in its original setting and, above all, the thrill at seeing it in action!

It is an experience we want to bring to many more people and we are doing all we can to heed the universal request not to lose the unique atmosphere. On Sunday 3rd alone visitors told us they were inspired to write articles and explore documentary film-making about the machine. Others simply wanted a chance to get more involved with helping to maintain the Works. It's a rare opportunity these days.

Some of things we heard this weekend:

"Most museums now lay it out for you on a plate. Where else can you still experience that sense of walking into a working workshop? Please don't lose that!"

"As soon as I saw that a visit involves wearing goggles I was hooked."

"Engineers studying today don't get the chance to see real machines up close any more - this is a unique opportunity, and in central London no less, to do just that! We owe it to engineers of the future to keep this place authentic and intact."

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