Association for Industrial Archaeology, The national organisation for people who share an interest in Britain's industrial past
The Newcomen Society, The International Society for the History of Engineering and Technology
"This museum is the only one in the country, if not in the world, to publicly allow visitors to see this kind of equipment still working. Hugh went out of his way to see that the project was conducted safely and excitingly in the public eye on Kirkaldyís iconic testing rig. It was truly a one off opportunity and it upsets me that Iím the first and possibly last sculptor to be in residence at what I can only say is one of Londonís greatest and most iconic small museums."
"For the Victorians, building bridges with new materials was the nanotechnology of its day but on a truly massive scale. Kirkaldy was at the heart of this revolution and the survival of his testing machine is a vital reminder to us today of the search for truth, even when it isnít always popular. Everyone with even the remotest interest in how bridges stand should come to Southwark and see for themselves!"
Historian and TV presenter
"Experiencing Kirkaldyís machine testing materials to destruction gives us direct, exciting contact with the pioneering ideas of this exceptional engineer. But it also offers new ways to explore ideas around art, science and innovation. Ensuring this museum has a sustainable future is essential if we are to inspire people from every background and discipline to continue asking these questions."
Dr Daniel Glaser
Director, Science Gallery London,
Kingís College London
"Not enough people know the story yet of Kirkaldy. Itís a direct link to the industrial past of Bankside, a clue to the importance of this area in forging new ideas and bringing them to the world. Tate Modern supports cultural creativity in all fields and we are lucky to be at the heart of a neighbourhood where innovation has flourished for centuries. Keeping the Kirkaldy Testing Museum intact and authentic is an important piece of the jigsaw."
Head of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, Tate Modern and Chair Better Bankside