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January 2017: Southwark Blue Plaque

Kirkaldy's Testing Works reached the final four in the search for the 2016 'Southwark Blue Plaque'. The nomination for Kirkaldy's, was made by the former borough archaeologist, follows Historic England's recognition of the huge importance of both the Testing Works and the Universal Testing Machine by upgrading the listing to Grade II*.

Southwark Blue Plaques celebrate being "Voted by the people" and recognise the lives and importance of a huge diversity of people and places across the borough. The scheme is administered by Southwark Heritage Association and Southwark News.

We came second. Thankyou to everone who voted for us.

1st December 2016: The museum is saddened to hear of the death of Stephen Humphrey, former Southwark Borough archivist and good friend to the museum over many years. More about his life can be found here.

10th May 2014: Two page feature article in New Scientist magazine.

1st December 2013: David Kirkaldy was featured in the BBC program "Britain and the Sea". Unfortunately there was no mention by David Dimbleby of the fact that Kirkaldy went on to become a pioneer of materials testing. Also the name is not pronounced like the town in Fife. It should be "Kir kal dy" Not Kir cuddy.

We have since contacted The Scottish Maritime Museum at Dumbarton but the material shown belongs to the National Maritime Museum. Dumbarton have no Kirkaldy items.

However Glasgow Museums have a small (but very good) collection of about 30 drawn and printed plans from Robert Napier & Co, in addition they have yard note/sketchbooks for individual vessels, smaller drawn plan sections and vessel specifications. Of these items only one drawing and one collection of plans are directly attributable to Kirkaldy.