Tools & Trades History Society


Ken Hawley - Tool Collector

Founder member, past President and figurehead to TATHS and the Hawley Collection Trust, Ken Hawley passed away in 2014. For those who remember him, and those who never had the privilege of meeting him, these videos give a splendid introduction to the man and his lifelong passions. The videos are the work of Sheffield-based company Corvideos.

In this one he introduces the collection of tools at the Ken Hawley Collection in the Kelham Island Museum.


Here he reflects on his own life and reminisces about Sheffield's heritage:


Here he describes how he came to start collecting tools, at the right time, in the right place, as the Sheffield tool companies rushed to dispose of their obsolete stock and equipment: