Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,111 pages of information and 233,634 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
The Institute's objectives:
To encourage and facilitate the continued technical education of staffs and employees of the various works in the district; to encourage the advancement of the metallurgical, mining, engineering and shipbuilding sciences, to provide lecture rooms, a technical library and other facilities; to arrange lectures on subjects relating to local industries for the workmen and employees engaged in the district; to encourage and to investigate and make known the nature and merits of existing inventions, improvements, processes and designs which may seem to be of use to the industries of the district; to make grants of money, books etc. and to give awards to students; and to use its funds in the employment of persons of learning or skill, and to use its instruments, appliances, and equipment for any form of scientific study which may be considered top have any bearing on the industries of the district generally.