How did Victorian engineers make sure that London's bridges were safe to cross?  See an original (startlingly loud!) metal testing machine in its full working glory for one day only!

When we cross the on London's iconic bridges we take it for granted we’ll get to the other side – but how did those clever Victorian engineers make sure they were safe to cross?  Amazingly, a few paces south of the Thames Path, behind Tate Modern, the original machine where the ground-breaking testing of metals was done for bridges including Hammersmith, Blackfriars and the Sydney Harbour Bridge still survives. Take a step back in time to the Victorian era in this unique museum that houses the largely still-intact workshop of world pioneering engineer, David Kirkaldy.

See and hear lumps of metal being pulled to destruction (very suspenseful and surprisingly loud!) during this special open day at The Kirkaldy Testing & Experimenting Works: a rare chance to get a fascinating insight into Kirkaldy’s genius and the pioneering times he lived in.