Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,194 pages of information and 233,425 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.


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Large lathe, c.1850, from the Soho Foundry of Boulton and Watt, with James Watt and Co steam engines beyond
Beam engine from rolling mill
Pollit and Wigzell steam engine
Galloways engine
'City of Birmingham' 4-6-2 locomotive
Georgian robotics: Button shank machine patented by Ralph Heaton in 1794

Thinktank, Birmingham science museum

Millenium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

  • [1] Thinktank, Birmingham.

Visitors interested in scientific and industrial history should not be discouraged by the website, which gives the impression that small children are the target audience. Careful scrutiny reveals the words 'Birmingham science museum', and there are many fascinating and historically important exhibits on display, including the 1779 Smethwick Engine built by Boulton & Watt - the oldest working steam engine in the world - and examples of machines which made Birmingham the first centre of mass-produced metallic consumer goods.

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