What's on...

Credit: Ian M Spooner / Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust

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If you’re a fan of our new Daring Detectives & Dastardly Deeds exhibition why not look at our exciting programme of talks and book-signings. Come and listen to some of the field’s top authors and academics speak on exciting subjects from fantastic 19th century forensic science to Victorian crooks and criminals.

Each session is an hour-long and includes an engaging talk, a chance for questions and an opportunity to get your hands on signed books. Tickets include museum admission, the talk, tea, coffee and biscuits as well as a handy cotton tote bag.


£15.00pp or if you already hold a year ticket for NESM £10.00pp

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Reviving the Dead:
a practical workshop working with human skulls for adults

Saturday 23 October 2021


Do bones intrigue you? Do you marvel at the way scientists and archaeologists can identify people from skeletons? Get up close and personal with real skeletal remains under the guidance of Forensic Anthropologist Dr Chris Aris.


Inexpert witnesses, dodgy doctors and naughty Victorians

Friday 5 November 2021

14:00-15:00 or 18:00-19:00

The medical profession and criminal law have worked together over the millennia, from the Ancient Egyptians to the present day...


2021 events, activities and workshops at NESM...

Throughout the year we host a wide variety of events aimed at all ages from smaller weekend events to large events with live music and a vast array of activities.


Sensory play

26 November 2021

17 December 2021

Themed hands-on play, stories and songs for under-5s. Pre-booking is required.


Spooky Storytelling

27 -31 October 2021

10.30; 12.30; 14.30

Join our team this half-term for some spooky storytelling. Come and meet our costumed characters and hear some terrifying tales. FREE with museum admission.


Wartime Christmas 2021

11 and 12 December 2021

Celebrate the festive season with live music and dance, crafts, living history displays, reenactors, fire engine rides and so much more!


2022 Events at NESM...

Please note: We have not fully confirmed any 2022 event dates, please keep checking the list below. Thank you for your support.


Arms and Armour

19 and 20 February 2022

Explore, Discover, Learn and Play with our collection. Meet armed Police Officers from South Yorkshire Police and get the opportunity to see the equipment they use. Find out more about this event.


Mega Machines

27 July - 26 August 2022

Explore some true Mega Machines and learn how they are used by the emergency services.  Something a little different visitors will get the opportunity to see exhibits not normally on public display as well as being able to get up close and personal to some of our normal exhibits.


A Wartime Christmas

10 and 11 December 2022

Celebrate the festive season with live music and dance, crafts, living history displays, reenactors, fire engine rides and so much more!

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Everyday Superheroes

15, 16, 17 and 18 April 2022

Come face to face with real life Super Heroes from every day Emergency Services to super heroes of the sky, water and of the animal world. Jump onboard our Fire Engine and discover what it would be like rushing to an incident. 


Collectors' fair and off site store open event

To be confirmed

Join collectors and enthusiasts from around the country as we host our yearly  collectors fair and special opening of the museums vast off site store.


Steamers and


11 and 12 June 2022

Enjoy a subgenre of science fiction and science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery and get the chance to see a working steam fire engine in full steam.


Villainous Victorians

1 and 2 October 2022

Ever wondered what Victorian Sheffield was like? Are you interested in Victorian crime and punishment? Do you love all things horrible history? Step through NESM’s Victorian doors and delve deep into its past with live actors, historical interpretation, games, storytelling, entertainment and much more!