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

The Life of a Victorian Bobby

Friday 3 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...

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

Friday 8 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...

From Wounded Fairies to Sweet Fanny Adams: a look at the early history of forensic science and policing

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.


Daring Detectives:
CSI School

28, 29, 30 July, 4, 5 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...


Jump Onboard:
lifeboat tours

11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 August, 1, 3 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 - a children's workshop

Friday 6 August 2021

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

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

Saturday 23 October 2021

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

Sensory play

Friday 23 July and Friday 27 August 2021

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


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!