One of London’s smaller industrial heritage museums is usually open just one Sunday per month, but is about to start opening on Saturdays as well.
The Kirkaldy Testing Museum is housed in the same impressive building in Southwark that was built by David Kirkaldy, one of the pioneers of testing metals for their strength.
Not an idle scientific curiosity, but to ensure that materials were safe for construction. And his masterpiece was a gigantic machine that could test an entire girder to see if it met the standards required.
The museum houses this monster machine, and also a range of smaller testing machines.
It will now be open for tours at 11am and 2pm on Saturday 14th November and Saturday 19th December.
Queue outside on Southwark Street [map link], the maximum number on each tour is likely to be around 25.
Entry is £5.
The museum also says that it is considering evening openings, but details are still to be arranged.