History of Steel
A visit to Magna unlocks a wealth of steel heritage through a range of exhibitions, audio-visual displays and tours. The Templeborough steelworks was once the largest electric melting shop in the world and the site’s industrial history stretches back to Roman times. ‘Steel, Peech and Tozer’ was the company, but everyone called it ‘Steelos’.
The Big Melt
Once upon a time the melting shop was home to 6 huge electric arc furnaces. 'E' furnace at Templeborough has been brought back to life in an awesome sound and light show, complete with smoke, sparks and flames plus an original soundtrack telling the story of the steel making process.
The show runs for 12 minutes, at regular intervals during the day.
The Romans arrived in 54AD and this exhibition set in Magna’s main entrance charts the history of the site from Roman times to the present day. Displays, films and touchscreens explain how this vast steelworks came to be built here at Templeborough.
You can find out more about the history by reading our Templeborough Times section.
Steelos Gallery was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Use the interactive kiosks to hear stories about 'clocking on' and 'clocking off'. Test yourself on the steel word game, and navigate the history of steel. Spot the movie stars in an old classic, filmed right here at 'Steelos'.
Use the spotlights to explore the steelworks and listen to the stories, songs and sounds of the steel industry.
If you are interested in the history of the building and want to find out more about the steelworks at Templeborough, then why not take a tour with one of our steel heritage experts. Please ask at reception for more details, Steel Tours are provided free of charge.