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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

Jack the Ripper: Chief Inspector Swanson and Scotland Yard’s Prime Suspect

Friday 9th July 2021

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

The mystery of Jack the Ripper has never been officially solved, but did the police investigating the crimes know the identity of the killer? In their retirement, several officers claimed to know the truth...

Identifying the Dead: the job of a Forensic Anthropologist

22nd October 2021

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

Have you ever wondered how scientists can build an image of a person from just their bones?

The Life of a Victorian Bobby

3rd September 2021

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

What was life like in the dark and dangerous streets of Victorian Britain? Join author Neil Bell as he introduces you to the uniformed men who patrolled these streets...

From Wounded Fairies to Sweet Fanny Adams: a Look at the Early History of Forensic Science and Policing

5th 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...

Murder, Poisoning and Baby-farming: Victorian Crime & Punishment

8th October 2021

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

Join Author Angela Buckley for a tantalising glimpse into the murky world of 19th century crime. You will meet suspicious characters, nefarious criminals and those that tracked them down...


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.


Daring Detectives:
CSI School

28th, 29th, 30th of July, 4th and 5th of August 2021

Calling all crime-solvers and budding investigators! We are looking for the next daring detective and invite you to come and polish up your Victorian detective skills with our summer holiday activities...

Sensory play!

23rd of July and 27th of August 2021

Fire your imagination and join our team for a truly hands-on play day. Pre-booking is required, more info to follow soon...

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

31st of July 2021

Do bones intrigue you? Do you marvel at the way scientists and archaeologists can identify people from skeletons? 


Jump Onboard:
Lifeboat tours

11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th of August, 1st and 3rd of September 2021

Join our team as we jump onboard our Tyne Class Lifeboat and let visitors discover its story and explore the inside of this lifesaving vessel...

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Making Faces: Skulls, Science and Sculpture. Children's workshop

6th of August 2021

Is your little one science or medicine mad? Looking for something exciting and unique to entertain them during the summer holidays?


Wartime Christmas 2021

11th and 12th 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

Returning 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

Returning 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.

Villainous Victorians

Returning 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!

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Everyday Superheroes

Returning 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. 


Mobs & Murder

Returning 2022

Come and learn about the hidden history of Sheffield’s gang wars in a building that was at the heart of it all, from costumed storytelling to a recreated pub, this event will be fun for all the family. Explore the original Police cells that housed infamous gang members like George Mooney and Sam Garvin, learn about the brutal war between one of the first specialised flying squads and the all-powerful gangs that ran the city of Sheffield and be taken back in time to the dark...


Steamers and


Returning 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.


Collectors' fair and off site store open event

Returning 2022

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.