Kirkaldy Testing Museum

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BertholdGreen
Perth, UK64 bidrag
jan. 2020 • Venner
If you see one 118 ton, 47' 7" universal testing machine this year then be sure that it's Dundonian David Kirkaldy's at the Kirkaldy Testing Museum in Southwark, London.
Inside the 1860s brick building, just behind Tate Modern, are wonderful examples of 19th century engineering used to test the tensile strength of various materials at the factory between 1866 and 1965.
The main feature is the original 1865 Leeds-built Universal Testing Machine which is in full working order and lovingly maintained by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers.
2020 is the bicentenary of David Kirkaldy's birth in Dundee.
Kirkaldy was an extraordinary man even by Victorian standards; he deserves to be better known and his contribution to Victorian engineering more appreciated.
The museum volunteers are on hand on the last Sunday each month to explain the history of the Kirkaldys, and practical historical applications of the machines.
Skrevet 6. januar 2020
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Lindylou S
Greater London, UK47 bidrag
jul. 2019
Interesting place a Victorian oddity easy to travel too on tfl l suggest you book a tour on a day when the machine is in opperation
Skrevet 17. november 2019
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futtock21
London, UK11 254 bidrag
sep. 2019 • Alene
I’ve passed this by several times but today as it was a Sunday it was open. It is what’s it’s always been, a large industrial room containing bulky weighing equipment for weighing bulky objects. As designed by a Mr. Kirkaldy in the 19th century. Why this should form the main or any attraction in a museum is a matter of some bewilderment to me? What next I wonder? A disco at a public weighbridge? Tanning studios to be combined with a blast smelting works? I’m
afraid both the point and the attraction of this place rather pass me by.

Skrevet 1. september 2019
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Kenny
Bishops Stortford, UK427 bidrag
feb. 2019 • Par
I don’t have an engineering background, but still found this place fascinating. Sited in a Grade 2 listed building, the machinery inside used for testing, stressing etc is fascinating. As Tim, our very knowledgeable guide says, nothing that comes in goes out until it’s broken. Well worth spending an hour or two inside and at £5 entry, is very good value. Only open on 1st Sunday of the month subject to volunteers but when we were there, there were at least 6 staff in attendance.
Skrevet 3. februar 2019
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Emma O
6 bidrag
okt. 2018 • Par
Although I live in Ireland, I'm South London born and bred and still can't figure out how I never knew this fantastic place existed! Only found it by chance when I searched for 'engineering museums london', searching for somewhere to take hubby on this first tourist trip here.

If you, or someone in your life, are in any way engineering minded you cannot miss this. Only £5 and run by volunteers whose passion is infectious, it's a fascinating place to visit.

Less than five minutes walk from Southwark tube station, and close to Blackfriars bridge.

Highly recommended. Special thanks to Angela and Carlos for their expertise and for making this visit hugely enjoyable.
Skrevet 8. oktober 2018
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Businesstravelsadrag
London, UK186 bidrag
mar. 2018 • Alene
This is a small but facsinating museum charting the history of materials testing from the mid 19th to late 20th century. Just £5 entry gets you a fully guided tour which lasts about an hour, but get talking to the knowledgeabe volunteers and you could be here much longer. The museum houses machinery for testing iron, steel. concrete and fabrics, and the volunteers guide you though each section, finishing with the truly impressive universal testing machine which is demonstrated if there are sufficient visitors.

Opening days are limited, so check the website for details, and try to arrive to see the big machine being tested. Located just behind the Tate Modern it would be easy to combine some industrial history ith some modern art and make a day of it.
Skrevet 4. april 2018
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oldinventor
Philadelphia, PA30 bidrag
aug. 2016 • Alene
Kirkaldy museum was easy to find. The staff was quite knowledgeable but there are still bits to sort out, trying to follow the flow of forces and understand the physics of how the testing is accomplished. Would plan to spend 1-1/2 hours. Reflects my experience that many cutting edge technologies are driven by passionate individuals.
Skrevet 17. august 2016
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hazel w
London, UK76 bidrag
apr. 2016 • Par
Good victorian machinery with destructive testing demo on iron
Run by enthusiastic volunteers
Make you realise the importance of testing
Skrevet 3. april 2016
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Robert M
Bournemouth, United Kingdom43 bidrag
mar. 2016 • Par
Like most people I don't think about structural engineering & materials testing very often, but we are surrounded by things that are now routinely tested before being used in construction or civil engineering projects.
This museum dates from the pioneering Victorian birth of this discipline, a revolution which saw the machinery here test materials for projects as diverse as bridges across the Mississippi and India's first railways.
That it has survived into the modern, gentrified Southwark (and not been turned into yet another over-priced restaurant) is a minor miracle.
It is currently open 10-4 on the first Sunday of every month. We arrived about 11, which seemed a good time. Run by a small group of very enthusiastic volunteers, the whole thing has the feel of a preserved Victorian steam railway.
The building itself is a fabulous Italianate piece of mid-19th century London architecture (make sure you go to the front to get access, but the rear of the building is worth a look too).
The enthusiasm of Hugh and his team is infectious and whilst it will principally appeal to people with an interest in engineering/science, there is enough history here to make you look at every bridge and building thereafter in a different light.
Thoroughly recommended.
Skrevet 7. mars 2016
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Caroline G
Milton Keynes, UK12 bidrag
mar. 2016 • Par
This little place is only open one day a month (the first Sunday) but it's a gem of a museum and worth a visit. It's run entirely by volunteers who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they do there.

The chief exhibit is the David Kirkaldy's Victorian materials testing machine, which they demonstrate working once or twice each day they open. But there are various other machines too and it's possible to get very hands on/ Materials testing is either something you know a lot about, because you're an engineer or a manufacturer, or it's something you never give a second thought to - but it's a huge industry and vital to every product we buy and every building, road and bridge we use. As well as being intriguing and fun, the museum makes you consider the materials around us in ways you might not have done before.

I wouldn't suggest it for young kids, probably 8 or 9 upwards.
Skrevet 7. mars 2016
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