A joint release from Sheffield Galleries

Time Team are in Town

Tony Robinson and Mick Aston, presenters of Channel 4s Time Team, and staff from the University Of Sheffield will be presenting a Bowie Knife to the internationally renowned Hawley Collection, currently housed at the University Of Sheffield, at the Millennium Galleries on Tuesday 15 July at 2 pm.

The Time Team and ARCUS, the University of Sheffield Archaeological Unit, have been working together to create a programme about the industrial archaeological heritage of Sheffield. The documentary is due to be screened on Channel 4 next Spring. The Bowie Knife, made from eighteenth-century steel, using traditional Sheffield manufacturing methods, was created as part of the programme. It will be handed over as a permanent piece of the Hawley Collection and will be on display as part of forthcoming exhibition A Cut Above The Rest: A Celebration Of The Sheffield Blade at the Millennium Galleries from 23 August 26 October 2003.

The Hawley Collection is a unique collection of Knives, Scissors, Saw, Razors, photographs, and catalogues that illustrate the range and diversity of tools and cutlery made in Sheffield from the 17th Century to the present day. Ken Hawley CBE has been compiling the collection, which records the development of Sheffields manufacturing processes and products, for 50 years

Joan Unwin, Research Assistant for the Hawley Collection says, We are really pleased to have this unique piece in our collection and are delighted to be working so closely with ARCUS and Time Team.

Dorian Church, Curator of Decorative Arts at Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust says We are thrilled that the Bowie Knife will be on display as part of our exhibition - A Cut Above The Rest. It will be a great opportunity for the people of Sheffield to learn more about the Citys metalwork tradition through this wonderful exhibition.

James Symonds, Executive Director of ARCUS says, The Bowie knife was created using traditional manufacturing processes, so is a relevant piece for the collection to house. Making the Time Team programme has been fascinating, and we have made a large number of exciting finds. The programme is not only a great way to showcase our rich archaeological heritage, but also reminds those who arent lucky enough to live here what a fantastic place Sheffield is.

Notes for Editors: Photo Opportunity
The Time Team will be presenting the Bowie Knife to the Hawley Collection on Tuesday 15th July at 2.00 pm. Please meet outside the Metalwork Gallery, Millennium Galleries, Arundel Gate.

A Cut Above the Rest: a celebration of the Sheffield blade is at the Millennium Galleries from 23 August 26 October. The gallery is open Monday Saturday 10am 5pm and Sunday 11am 5pm. Admission is free.

The Bowie knife came to prominence in 1827, when James Bowie successfully defended himself in a fight on a sandbar in the River Mississippi using a purpose-made hunting knife given to him by his brother. Bowies reputation was further enhanced by his heroic death at the Alamo in 1836,and his trademark knife soon became a sought after personal effect for all would-be woodsmen and frontiersmen. By the 1850s Sheffield cutlers had cornered the market in the production and export of Bowie knives to America, and many fortunes were made supplying markets in the Wild West.

Please contact Jeanette Newcombe on 0114 2221032 or email mediateam@sheffield.ac.uk.