STOP PRESS! – Latest news – Tues 21st May 2024

A change to our scheduled speaker on Monday 20th May saw newcomer Jonathan Jones with his presentation called ‘Bugle Boy.’ Jonathan was a teacher, and his project was inspired by a visit with his students to the First World War battlefields and the memorials there, and he has written a historical novel based on his research.

To quote the Amazon review of the book: “Harry Jones is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent. Growing up on the outskirts of Sheffield Harry spends his days with his friends, his beloved family and the local brass band where he is a rising star playing his cornet. Through an extraordinary set of circumstances, after a blissful last summer, Harry finds himself amid the carnage of the Western Front where once again he comes across the boy who has bullied him throughout his life. As events unfold, Harry begins to understand the darkness in Robert’s life which has made him the boy he is.”

Andrew Shorthouse’s blog on Jonathan’s presentation is now published under Previous Talks.

On Mon 3rd June we welcome the return of Nick Duggan, volunteer curator for the Ken Hawley Tool Collection at Kelham Island Museum. Nick will be talking about the Year Knife, made in 1821 by Joseph Rodgers and Sons for display in their new showrooms in Norfolk Street, Sheffield. The knife (pictured left) had 1,821 different blades, one for each year of the Christian era, and that group of new blades would be added to every five years. There is no other knife in the world with so many.

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