Precision measurement brand Moore and Wright shines on

L-R: Bob Harris (Hawley Tool Collection), Ellie Skinner (Bowers Group), Peter Hawkins (Hawley Tool Collection)
L-R: Bob Harris (Hawley Tool Collection), Ellie Skinner (Bowers Group), Peter Hawkins (Hawley Tool Collection)

The history of Bowers Group’s Moore & Wright brand is being brought to life by the Hawley Tool Collection as its new exhibition launches at the Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield.

With a history dating back over 100 years, Moore & Wright is one of the most prominent names in measurement tools and one that is deeply rooted in the history of the steel city. Famous for its range of tools and measuring equipment, this new exhibition tells the story of the brand and its products, as well as some of its former employees.

Bowers Group marketing manager, Ellie Skinner, said: “This new exhibition really demonstrates the impact that Moore & Wright has had throughout its history, and it’s exciting to have our brand being celebrated in its birthplace. Sheffield has such an important legacy in industrial and manufacturing Britain, and it’s a real eye-opener, even to us within the business, of just how much Moore & Wright meant to the people of the city.”

The exhibition offers a journey through the brand’s history, showcasing its products and featuring personal stories from former employees. Two years in the making, highlights of the display include a BBC video spotlighting Moore and Wright’s groundbreaking Micro 2000, hailed as the world’s first digital micrometer.

Visitors can re-live the experiences of former apprentices while archived photographs capture the company's vibrant community spirit. For those who have connections to Moore and Wright, the exhibition presents an opportunity to reconnect and maybe even spot familiar faces among the displayed images.

Founded in 1906 by engineer Frank Moore and businessman Charles Wright, Moore & Wright quickly became a recognised name in the manufacturing industry, establishing itself as a leading producer of precision measuring instruments and tools. The company's roots were deeply planted in Sheffield, a city renowned for its industrial heritage. Over the years, Moore & Wright expanded its product range to include a diverse range of high-quality tools and instruments, earning a reputation for accuracy, reliability, and innovation.

Today, as part of the Bowers Group, Moore & Wright remains dedicated to upholding its legacy of craftsmanship and precision while embracing new technologies to drive continued growth and success in the global market.

The Moore & Wright exhibition is expected to be displayed within the Hawley Gallery, alongside the wider Hawley Collection until the later part of 2024.

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