Access and Information
We apologise that there is currently very poor disabled access. This is a slightly restored Victorian factory building, and there are many steps even to ground floor workshops. We do make every effort to ensure as much access as possible to disabled people, within the constraints of the building but please contact us ahead of the day so we can make good arrangements.
Additionally, a lot of the Works is pretty cold so please wear warm clothes. “Sensible” shoes are advised too as some floors are uneven and there are many steep staircases. Be warned, too, that our current toilet facilities can best be described as “basic” although these are rapidly improving!
What You’ll See When You Visit
We will show you around the yard so you can see where the various processes of cutlery-making took place. If the tenants are around you may be able to see into the forge (still with its original machine hammers), the vaulted grinding shop and the “lantern room”. You’ll see newly restored areas that our volunteers are working on. And then there’s the impressive rooftop view. We have a visitor room to start and end your tour where you can warm up, see our cutlery collection and learn more about the Works and its unbroken history of manufacturing. Afterwards the nearby Harland Cafe is a great place for a drink or meal.
We’ve turned the corner from “serious dilapidation” to a decent working environment, although there’s still an awful lot to do. We’re proud to be preserving the essence of a 19th century factory. The Works is steeped in history and was the place where the very first stainless steel knives were made, and the same forge is still in use today little changed.