Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,337 pages of information and 233,846 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Note: This is a sub-section of the Mechanics Institute
1823 George Birkbeck and others established the London Mechanics Institution
1824 Committee includes Dr. Birkbeck, John Martineau, Professor Millington, Dr. J. B. Gilcrest, Robert McWilliam, Richard Taylor, J. N. Dotchen, John Reynolds, J. F. Blake, Benjamin Tennant and John James Cope 
1866 Renamed as the Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution