The Sydney Steel Museum Society is exploring the opportunity of
constructing a museum/interpretation centre on the waterfront in
downtown Sydney. The members of the Society feel strongly that the
history of the industrial age of steel making should be recorded
and that the artifacts remaining should be collected. In the history
of the steel mills, people form around the world were attracted
to our communities having a direct impact on the make up of our
present day society. Since the steel industry helped carve out today's
communities, the Sydney Steel Museum Society feel it is extremely
important to record and display this information now.
The museum will highlight the economic, cultural, and technological
impact the steel industry had on Cape Breton, on Nova Scotia and
on the nation. It will be a valuable tourist attraction as well
as a source of education for younger generations. Students will
learn about Sydney’s important and dramatic history such as
the role Sydney Steel played in the Industrial revolution and World
War II. Visitors will explore the human side of the industry, learn
about the steel making process and witness the environmental impact
on Cape Breton of a century of steel making.
The Building of a Steel
Plant Museum – Progress to Date
In 2002, Mr. Harvey Webber, a senior community leader
and skilled businessman, brought together a group of interested
people to begin planning the "Sydney Steel Plant Museum"
so that the dramatic history of steel making in Cape Breton could
be preserved. Sadly, Harvey Webber passed away in early 2003, before
the Steel Museum became a reality.
Many are determined to create the museum and progress is ongoing.
Eric Parsons, a retired worker from Sydney Steel, is now Chairperson
of the museum board of directors. The board and committees are hard
at work planning the museum, gathering artifacts as the steel plant
is being demolished and doing extensive research into the history
of steel making in Cape Breton and the impact on the community.
The website is the initial development in the planning of the Sydney
Steel Plant Museum. This site will serve as a virtual museum while
keeping the public informed on the museum’s progress. The
website will be developed by Carole Lee Boutilier (webmaster / programmer).
The Sydney Steel Museum Society was asked to exhibit a display at
the Sydney Marine Terminal depicting some of the history of the
100 years of steel making in Sydney and its impact on the community.
Also, an exhibit can been seen at the Swiss Chalet Restaurant in
Sydney. Our exhibitions
section has more information on the display along with pictures.
In colaboration with the Cape Breton Victoria Schoolboard, the Museum
Committee is visiting classrooms with presentations on the steel
making process and the cultural impact the steel plant had on the
development of Cape Breton. Elementary schools through to high schools
are being visited. If you are interested in having our group visit
your school please contact us.
How You Can Help
The research committee is busy gathering information on the Steel
Plant. They are looking for the following: pictures, articles, documents,
stories, any information pertaining to the Sydney Steel. If you
have any information or know of someone who does please contact
the committee at the following address. Your help will add to the
development of a museum that will keep a vital part of Sydney’s