Sir Henry Bessemer

A special display to celebrate Sir Henry Bessemer Bicentenary of his Birth was available at the Institute London Office at 1 Carlton House Terrace from January to May and then Monday 14 October to Tuesday 26 November 2013. 


For further information please contact Hilda Kaune t: 020 7451 7360

Additional events:

17 January 2013 Tea Party and full day event with stalls and local historians at the Bessemer Grange Primary School, Denmark Hill, London.

18 January 2013 World Steel Association - book launch of White Book of Steel (a history of steel and steel making) and hosting a Twitter debate on the topic "Steel: The Next Chapter, The Next Hero - Looking to the future, beyond Bessemer". Join the debate

19 January 2013 Bessemer 200 Birthday Party in Charlton, Hitchin.

Photos of the event on Facebook

See attachment (above) of the January 2013 Special Edition of HIZ published by Bessemer 200 Working Party, Friends of the Charlton Village.

24 January 2013 New Fellows Lunch and launch of the Sir Henry Bessemer Exhibition at 1 Carlton House Terrace, London with the Bessemer family.

19 January 2013 Bessemer at 200 Tea Party at the Carnegie Library, London, organised by Herne Hill Society.

19 February to end of August 2013 Sir Henry Bessemer - 'Crucible of Fire' - Exhibition organised by British Schools Museum, Hitchin.

12 March 2013 IOM3 Council celebration of Bessemer Presidency.

15 March 2013 German Radio Documentary programme on Sir Henry Bessemer by German journalist Martin Herzog, interviews to Dr Susan Mossman and Paul Bessemer.

10 April 2013 Public talk on Sir Henry Bessemer - Engineer and Inventor organised by Herne Hill Society, London. Speaker: Dr Susan Mossman, Curator at the Science Museum, member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Further details here

3 July 2013 Sir Henry Bessemer: I was happy here, an illustrated talk by John Pearce followed by another chance to see the play by Tony Phillps and get a private view of the exhibition at the British Schools Museum, Hitchin Festival.

9 July 2013 Bessemer Gold Medal awarded to Professor Kenneth Mills, further details at IOM3 2013 winners

16 September 2013 Hitchin Society Bessemer Talk by John Pearce at British Schools Museum, details T: 07545 003 792

17 October 2013 Bessemer Lecture and Master Classes at IOM3, London given by Professor Ken Mills, Bessemer Gold Medal winner 2013.

12 November 2013 Codicote Local History Society, Bessemer Talk by John Pearce.

22 November 2013 Lunchtime Lecture on "Sir Henry Bessemer FRS: a life and a legacy" by Dr Christopher Elliot, Fellow of the Institute and President of the Lincolnshire Iron and Steel Society (IOM3 Local Society), at the Royal Society, London 1:00 pm to 2:00pm. You may watch the video here. After the Lecture attendees were invited to visit the Sir Henry Bessemer special display at 1 Carlton House Terrace.

23 November 2013 'Farewell Sir Henry' a Party at the Windmill PH, Charlton, Hitchin. Enquiries 07545 003 792.

26 November 2013 H.R.H The Duke of Edinburgh was presented with the Bessemer Gold Medal, more information here

27 November 2013 Bessemer Event organised by South Wales Materials Association (IOM3 Local Society) was held at Swansea University.

Recent events:

18 November 2014 Sir Henry Bessemer Master Class, Lecture and Dinner will be held at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, more information here.

11 December 2014 Evening Lecture: Sir Henry Bessemer FRS: a life and legacy by Dr Christopher Elliot, CEng, FIMMM organised by Ebbw Vale Metallurgical & Historical Society (IOM3 Local Society) more information here.

16 May 2017 Unveiling of a Blue Plaque for Sir Henry Bessemer at 15 Northampton Square, Islington, London, organised by City, University of London, more information here

25 February 2019 Presenting the Bessemer Exhibition at the Bessemer Suite, IOM3 Headquarters at 297 Euston Road on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the Iron and Steel (IOM3 predecessor)

Related events:

IOM3 Book reprinted

Sir Henry Bessemer: Father of the Steel Industry, edited by C. Bodsworth, published by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, ISBN: 9781861250544, June 1998 (reprinted 2013), hardback, 160 pages.

To purchase click here

1.- Susan Mossman, Curator, Science Museum - blog on Sir Henry Bessemer

2.- Steel Times International article, January-February 2013 p. 36.

3.- Article by Fred Starr, Anniversary: the Bicentenary of the birth of Sir Henry Bessemer 1813-189, Newcomen Links no. 226 June 2013 p. 12-1.

4.- The Herne Hill Society published "the Story of Sir Henry Bessemer: the Victorian Inventor and Engineer who lived on Denmark Hill 1863-1898" by Patricia Jenkyns, revised edition by John Brunton, ISBN: 9781873520956, 2013. Price £5 available from the Society.

Covers of 3 of our books

February 2013 BFI Film Season - This Working Life: Steel, a century of steelmaking on screen.

Related Organisations:

The Bessemer Society

Documents for download: