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Bowers Group’s Moore & Wright Brand Celebrated in “Britain’s Tool Factory” Exhibition

by Anna

The Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield hosts a new exhibition titled “Britain’s Tool Factory,” highlighting the rich history of Bowers Group’s Moore & Wright brand. With a legacy spanning over a century, Moore & Wright is a renowned name in precision measurement tools, deeply ingrained in Sheffield’s industrial history.

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The exhibition, a collaborative effort with The Hawley Tool Collection, takes visitors on a captivating journey through Moore & Wright’s history. It showcases iconic products, narrates the brand’s story, and features personal anecdotes from former employees. Notable exhibits include a BBC video spotlighting the groundbreaking Micro 2000, hailed as the world’s first digital micrometer.

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Ellie Skinner, Marketing Manager at Bowers Group, expressed excitement about the exhibition, stating that it vividly demonstrates Moore & Wright’s historical impact. The display encompasses the evolution of Moore & Wright’s tools, from early manufacturing to cutting-edge digital micrometers.

Founded in 1906 by Frank Moore and Charles Wright, Moore & Wright quickly rose to prominence as a leading producer of precision measuring instruments. Rooted in Sheffield’s industrial heritage, the company expanded its product range over the years, earning a reputation for accuracy, reliability, and innovation.

The exhibition not only celebrates Moore & Wright’s heritage but also shares personal stories of former apprentices. Visitors can explore archived photographs capturing the vibrant community spirit of the company. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity for those connected to Moore & Wright to reconnect and reminisce.

As part of the Bowers Group today, Moore & Wright remains committed to craftsmanship, precision, and innovation. The exhibition is expected to be displayed in the Hawley Gallery until later in 2024, offering a comprehensive view of Sheffield’s manufacturing heritage alongside the broader Hawley Collection.

The Hawley Collection, meticulously curated by Ken Hawley over fifty years, is an internationally important record of Sheffield’s tool making, cutlery manufacture, and silversmithing. The collection, showcased at Kelham Island Museum, serves as a tribute to Sheffield’s industrial legacy and the skills of its artisans.

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