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Why is the Kirkaldy Testing Museum important?

David Kirkaldy's Testing and Experimenting Works at 99 Southwark Street set international standards in testing materials from which everyone’s everyday life benefits today.

Today, this unique Victorian workshop keeps alive our direct link with Kirkaldy's innovation, at the heart of this bustling commercial district of London. The Kirkaldy Testing Museum preserves Kirkaldy's unique Universal Testing Machine - the huge hydraulic powered machine he designed and had built in Leeds - in full working order in the premises he built to house it.

As well as presenting the story of the family who ran the business for almost 100 years and of the wider development of materials testing, the workshop and the Universal Testing Machine provide a unique crucible for new experimentation and collaboration - which can inspire future generations of scientists and artists alike to continue enquiring into the properties of the materials on which we build our lives.

The Museum is closed until further notice given the current Covid-19 situation in London.

Please keep looking at the website for updates on re-opening.

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A new website is under development.

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Book 'Facts Not Opinions' published in 2019

Now on sale at the museum for £12.50

The production of this was generously supported by a grant from the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers. See the announcement on their website.

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Become a Kirkaldy volunteer! - Click here to find out more

The museum is run entirely by volunteers. We now have a new lease but to afford the rent we have to open more often so we will need more helpers.

If you want to get involved, please email us at

January 2019 - Planning for the future

KTM is grateful to have received funding from the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) with an AIM Sustainability Grant supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. This was used to develop a forward plan for the next five years produced by the directors with the help of an external consultant.

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The museum receives no funding other than from visitors. Help preserve this amazing piece of our Victorian past for future generations.

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Grade 2* Listing Details Here

In June 2014 English Heritage (now Historic England) upgraded our listing from grade 2 to grade 2*.

The directors would like to thank Professor David Perrett and the Greater London Industrial Archaeological Society (GLIAS), of which he is Chairman, for applying on behalf of the museum and seeing the up-grading through to its successful conclusion.


Last site update: 28 December 2020