One of London’s quirkiest museums, the Kirkaldy Testing Museum is home to a Victorian-era machine built to test the strength of iron and steel. It was designed by David Kirkaldy, an expert on the subject, and opened in 1874. The works became a family business after Kirkaldy’s death; his wife Annie supervised the construction of the original Wembley Stadium.
So what can you expect to see here? The testing appliance itself, which is a huge 446 ton gadget powered by hydraulics, along with other machines once used for measuring impact and hardness. You can even have a go at crushing concrete with a Riehle machine.
PLEASE NOTE: You must check the website in advance of going as opening times are very limited!!
Currently the museum is due to close in June 2014 due to the expiry of the current lease and lack of funds to find a new home.