A polished turtle shell, parts of the Titanic’s sister ship and a 74-bladed knife to go on display at unique Sheffield venue

The main hall of Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield. 'Free to use if you wish.
The main hall of Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield. 'Free to use if you wish.

A polished turtle shell and parts of the Titanic’s sister ship are just some of the unique items set to go on display at Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield this weekend.

The treasures will be on display for all to see on Saturday, September 12, as the Company of Cutlers host their annual open day at the Grade II listed city centre building.

The event will provide an opportunity for visitors to see the city’s collection of silver, paintings, cutlery and other treasures.

David Grey, master cutler, said: “We are delighted to be opening our doors once again to the general public. Our open days have proved very popular with hundreds of people coming to the hall to enjoy what is part of their heritage.

“Among many wonderful items, the hall houses Harry Brearley’s first stainless steel knives, the magnificent 74-bladed Norfolk Knife for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and a piece of silver assayed in Sheffield for every year since the Assay Office opened in 1773.

“It also contains some items with interesting stories attached including panelling and electroliers similar to those on the Titanic as they came off her sister ship, the RMS Olympic, as well as a large polished turtle shell - all that remains of the turtle who bit the chef on its way to the cooking pot!”

Entrance is free and there are guided tours from 10am, with the final tour at 2.30pm before the 4pm closing time.

There is also a self-guide leaflet for those who want to take a look around independently.

Light refreshments will be available and a video on the history of the hall will run throughout the day.

The hall is a private building owned by the Company of Cutlers and is maintained without public money.

Parties of more than 10 people are asked to inform the company in advance. Disabled access is available with prior notice. Ring 0114 272 8456.