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Workshop Collection

Step into the world of craftsmanship and creativity with a glimpse into various workshops throughout history

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Grinling Gibbons / Evelyn

Grinling Gibbons / Evelyn
GRINLING GIBBONS English woodcarver and sculptor, with John Evelyn at the door, about to discover him

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Workshop of a saddler and upholsterer

Workshop of a saddler and upholsterer
The workshop of a saddler and upholsterer, with finished items including trunks, bags and a chair (top right)

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Old Smithy at Branscombe, near Sidmouth, Devon

Old Smithy at Branscombe, near Sidmouth, Devon, with a horse having a hoof inspected. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Coopers at work making wooden barrels

Coopers at work making wooden barrels
Four coopers hard at work in their workshop making traditional wooden barrels. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Bookbinding Workshop

Bookbinding Workshop
A bookbinders workshop, with the finished products in a domestic scene over on the right

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Workshop of a cooper (barrel maker)

Workshop of a cooper (barrel maker)
The workshop of a cooper or barrel maker, with examples of the finished product out in the street

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Workshop of a carpenter and joiner

Workshop of a carpenter and joiner
The workshop of a carpenter and joiner, with various activities taking place

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova

Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868 - 1912), British polar explorer and leader of the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, pictured in his work room on board the Terra Nova

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Medieval goldsmith at work

Medieval goldsmith at work
Workshop of Etienne Delaulne, a goldsmith in Paris, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Wheelwright makinbg wooden wheels, Blists Hill, Ironbridge

Wheelwright makinbg wooden wheels, Blists Hill, Ironbridge
A skilled wheelwright works on a wooden cart wheel in his workshop at Blists Hill Working Museum, Ironbridge, Shropshire. First published The Independent newspaper Date: 1989

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Dressmakers workshop

Dressmakers workshop
Staff in the workroom of a dressmaker or outfitter. Clothes in various stages of completion are on dummies. The employees (all female apart from a solitary man with a tape measure around his neck)

Background imageWorkshop Collection: The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c. 1770s (oil on canvas)

The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c. 1770s (oil on canvas)
BAL16108 The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c.1770s (oil on canvas) by Wright of Derby, Joseph (1734-97); 105x140 cm; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; English, out of copyright

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Wheelwright at Trenear, Wendron, Cornwall. Late 1800s

Wheelwright at Trenear, Wendron, Cornwall. Late 1800s
A wheelwright or wagon-maker shop in the late 19th century. Thomas Faull was a wheelwright in the Wendron Churchtown in 1873, and at Trenear from 1883. Photographer: Samuel John Govier

Background imageWorkshop Collection: View of Swindon Works, c1860

View of Swindon Works, c1860
This early photograph of the Works was taken from St Marks Church and shows R Shop (Machine Shop). Hundreds of wheels can be seen stored outside ready to be fitted to vehicles

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Las Hilanderas, (The Spinners), 1657, (c1934). Artist: Diego Velasquez

Las Hilanderas, (The Spinners), 1657, (c1934). Artist: Diego Velasquez
Las Hilanderas, (The Spinners), 1657, (c1934). Traditionally, believed to depict women workers in the tapestry workshop of Santa Isabel, iconography suggests Ovids Fable of Arachne

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Bewicks Workshop

Bewicks Workshop
The exterior of Thomas Bewicks workshop, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Date: 1753 - 1828

Background imageWorkshop Collection: GLC-LFB - Croydon vehicle workshops

GLC-LFB - Croydon vehicle workshops
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each location, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Metalwork

Metalwork
MODEL RELEASED. Metalwork. Metalworker watching a CNC (computer numerical control) lathe as it machines a metal component. CNC lathes are controlled electronically

Background imageWorkshop Collection: 1975 Harley Davidson

1975 Harley Davidson FLH

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Blacksmith at work in his forge

Blacksmith at work in his forge
An elderly blacksmith hammering a horseshoe on his anvil. The owner of the horse awaiting a new set of shoes looks in at the window, while the blacksmiths cat scratches an ear on the work bench

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Victorian Shoemaker

Victorian Shoemaker
A Victorian shoemaker in his workshop

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Two Cobblers Mend Shoes

Two Cobblers Mend Shoes
Two cobblers, seated on a low bench in their workshop, set about repairing shoes and fitting new soles

Background imageWorkshop Collection: K Shop - Coppersmiths, 1938

K Shop - Coppersmiths, 1938
Making domes and saftey valve covers

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Chalice with a paten. Vermeil. 20th century. Cabot workshop

Chalice with a paten. Vermeil. 20th century. Cabot workshop, Barcelona, 1913. Treasure of the Cathedral of Barcelona

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Wheelwrights making cart wheels

Wheelwrights making cart wheels
Wheelwrights or wainwrights making large wooden wheels in a traditional rural workshop. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageWorkshop Collection: A Watchmaker at Work

A Watchmaker at Work
A clock and watchmaker seated at his bench makes fine adjustments to a watch part, possibly a cog. He uses a bow lathe ?. Wall, mantel & grandfather clocks can be seen

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Rust treatment

Rust treatment. Brush being used to apply a rust removing mix of chemicals to a rusty spanner. Many commercial mixes of chemicals are available to remove rust (iron oxide)

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Shoemakers, Tunisia

Shoemakers, Tunisia
Two shoemakers in their small workshop, Tunisia

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Cooper Making Barrels

Cooper Making Barrels
A Coopers workshop

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Making Tennis Racquets

Making Tennis Racquets
Stringing new tennis racquets at a workshop in Wimbledon, London

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Printing equipment at a German printer s

Printing equipment at a German printer s
A flat-bed press and other printing equipment in a German printers workshop (Buchdruckerwerkstatte)

Background imageWorkshop Collection: F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s

F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s

Background imageWorkshop Collection: James Watt in his Glasgow workshop improving on Thomas Newcomens 1712 Newcomen

James Watt in his Glasgow workshop improving on Thomas Newcomens 1712 Newcomen
3588302 James Watt in his Glasgow workshop improving on Thomas Newcomens 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1781, from Les Merveilles de la Science, pub.1870

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Kodak Cameras 1930S

Kodak Cameras 1930S
Putting the finishing touches to Kodak cameras. Date: 1930s

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Jet engine turbine nozzle

Jet engine turbine nozzle. The nacelle (central peak) of this modified jet engine turbine nozzle is at centre. Jet engine turbines work by drawing in

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Village Cobbler 1937

Village Cobbler 1937
The village cobbler working by the light of his oil lamp in his workshop in Congresbury, Somerset, England

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Advert / Singer Sewing

Advert / Singer Sewing
Singer sewing machines

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Amish Blacksmith

Amish Blacksmith
Anna Zhang

Background imageWorkshop Collection: The Invention of the Art of Drawing (oil on canvas)

The Invention of the Art of Drawing (oil on canvas)
490133 The Invention of the Art of Drawing (oil on canvas) by Suvee, Joseph Benoit (1743-1807); 267x131.5 cm; Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium; (add.info.: In this painting)

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Postcard depicting lacemakers of Le Puy, c. 1900 (b / w photo)

Postcard depicting lacemakers of Le Puy, c. 1900 (b / w photo)
REV382774 Postcard depicting lacemakers of Le Puy, c.1900 (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: carte postale, dentellieres)

Background imageWorkshop Collection: No 5 Shop, Train Lighting Shop, 1950

No 5 Shop, Train Lighting Shop, 1950
These men are working on the components used in the assembly of carriage lights. In the centre of the image, on the floor, is a domed light fitting either awaiting repair or construction

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Robot Albert Einstein

Robot Albert Einstein. Robot featuring the body of a HUBO robot made by the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a head created by US robot designer David Hanson

Background imageWorkshop Collection: Harry Crabb seen here making concertinas in his workshop at Liverpool Street

Harry Crabb seen here making concertinas in his workshop at Liverpool Street, Islington, London 15th May 1967

Background imageWorkshop Collection: St Pauls Square Birmingham aa42_00123

St Pauls Square Birmingham aa42_00123
38 St Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. The exterior of 38 St Pauls Square, the premises of Martin & Company, Brassfounders and Woodworkers, photographed in 1941

Background imageWorkshop Collection: The Engineer, 1867

The Engineer, 1867. The workman is using a file on an engine part held in a vice. Engineers made and maintained the steam engines and machinery used in manufacturing and transport

Background imageWorkshop Collection: York Carriage and Wagon Works

York Carriage and Wagon Works. Interior view of the carriage building shop, with six Travelling Post Office carriages under construction. 1933

Background imageWorkshop Collection: THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH. Line engraving, American, 1862, after a painting by Richard Elmore

THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH. Line engraving, American, 1862, after a painting by Richard Elmore

Background imageWorkshop Collection: B Shed in about 1900

B Shed in about 1900
A small group of men stand in a building known as B Shed. It was used for the maintenance of tank locomotives and tenders. B Shed stood next to what is now STEAM Museum of the GWR




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Step into the world of craftsmanship and creativity with a glimpse into various workshops throughout history. Witness Coopers at work making wooden barrels, their skilled hands shaping each stave with precision. Enter the workshop of a cooper, where the sweet scent of freshly cut wood fills the air, as intricate barrels come to life. Join Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova, where meticulous planning takes place for daring expeditions. Marvel at his attention to detail as he prepares for treacherous journeys across icy landscapes. Immerse yourself in the bustling workshop of a carpenter and joiner, surrounded by sawdust and the symphony of hammers meeting nails. Witness their mastery as they transform raw timber into functional pieces that stand the test of time. Travel back in time to witness a medieval goldsmith at work, delicately crafting intricate jewelry fit for royalty. Admire their skillful manipulation of precious metals, turning them into works of art that shimmer under candlelight. Feel the rumble beneath your feet as you step inside a roaring 1975 Harley Davidson workshop. Watch mechanics meticulously tinker with engines and chrome details until these iconic motorcycles are ready to hit open roads once again. Enter a dressmaker's workshop filled with colorful fabrics and patterns strewn about like confetti. Here, talented seamstresses bring dreams to life through needle and thread, creating garments that make hearts skip a beat. Transport yourself back to late 1800s Cornwall in Trenear's Wheelwright shop - inhale the scent of fresh-cut timber mingling with iron shavings from wagon wheels being crafted by skilled artisans who keep transportation rolling smoothly. Discover an enchanting bookbinding workshop where ancient techniques meet modern innovation. Observe nimble fingers delicately stitching pages together while rich leather covers are embossed with timeless designs – preserving knowledge within beautifully bound volumes. Glimpse Swindon Works c1860 - an industrial marvel where steam engines come to life.