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Kirkaldy Testing Museum

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Fascinating bit of Vicrtorian Industria Heritage

This is a small but facsinating museum charting the history of materials testing from the mid 19th... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2018
London, United Kingdom
Important part of industrial history

Kirkaldy museum was easy to find. The staff was quite knowledgeable but there are still bits to... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

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...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2016

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...More

1  Thank oldinventor
Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Good victorian machinery with destructive testing demo on iron Run by enthusiastic volunteers Make you realise the importance of testing

1  Thank hazel w
Reviewed March 7, 2016

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,...More

1  Thank BobMac101_10
Reviewed March 7, 2016

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...More

1  Thank Caroline G
Reviewed February 7, 2016 via mobile

The museum, open on the first Sunday of every month, is an excellent way to spend a few hours. British Victorian ingenuity with a truly global impact. We recommend getting there in the morning, as we had an interesting and highly informative tour before the...More

1  Thank aewilliams22
Reviewed December 6, 2015

Much of the equipment is original in this Victorian era facility used for testing all kinds of materials. This is where you tested every link on a chain that would hold up a bridge or insured that the steel you had just received matched what...More

1  Thank MNPhred
Reviewed January 29, 2015

Opening once a month for public tours, this fascinating little museum was the Victorian workshop of David Kirkaldy who set the international standards of testing various materials for many products that we use today. In this museum, you’ll see and even get to experience some...More

1  Thank Kai-HT
Reviewed October 5, 2014

Depending on your interest and (some basic) understanding of secondary school physics about materials, you should find this unique "as-was" museum very interesting. If your guide turns out to be also a great communicator, you will find the museum experience to be excellent. The guide...More

1  Thank GoodOldToughLove
Reviewed June 1, 2014

We visited after finding out that the museum is threatened with conversion into a restaurant by the new landlord who doesn't seem to care for history. The building contains an enormous machine used between 1865 and 1974 for pulling, crushing, and twisting materials used for...More

1  Thank Antony B
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